by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

August 26, 2021

KANKAKEE, IL – According to the Kankakee Police Department, two men were murdered and another seriously injured in a gangland shooting outside the Kankakee County Courthouse on Thursday morning.

Miguel Andrade, 23, and Victor Andrade, 26, were leaving a hearing at the courthouse around 9:15 a.m. when they were approached in the parking lot by a man armed with multiple weapons, according to Police Chief Robin Passwater during a news conference Thursday evening.

According to Passwater, the armed assassin, identified as Antonio Hernandez, 24, opened fire, fatally striking Victor Andrade multiple times and injuring another man standing on a nearby sidewalk.

At the same time, Miguel Andrade allegedly went to get a gun from his vehicle and began shooting back at Hernandez in the courthouse parking lot and lawn, according to Passwater.

Police arrived and found Miguel Andrade allegedly with a weapon standing over a fatally wounded Hernandez, Passwater said.

Miguel Andrade was taken into custody while Hernandez and Victor Andrade were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Miguel Andrade, Victor Andrade and Hernandez are all members of the Latin Kings and were engaged in an ongoing internal gang conflict, according to Passwater. Hernandez is believed to be from Waukegan.

The male recovering from surgery in the hospital was not connected to the gang, Passwater said.

While fleeing the scene of the shooting, a second person was apprehended by sheriff’s deputies.  Passwater later stated that the individual was not involved in the shooting and was being held on an unrelated charge.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the Illinois State Police, the FBI, and the United States Marshals Service, were assisting with the investigation, he said.