Chicago: 14-Year-Old Girl Shot

By The Chicago Times Staff

September 15, 2022

CHICAGO – A 14-year-old girl was shot in the arm early Sunday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

According to police, victim was in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the 4400 block of South Wood Street when gunfire erupted near the vehicle around 4 am.

The victim was taken to an area hospital and is listed in good condition.

Evanston: Gunman Shoots Man On Dempster

By The Chicago Times Staff

September 1, 2022

EVANSTON, IL — A gunman shot a man in Evanston Thursday afternoon.

According to Evanston police, at 4:30 pm, officer responded to a shooting in the 1900 block of Dempster Street.  When police arrived on scene both the suspect and victim had fled.

The victim was later found in the 1100 block of Lake Street and later transported to a local hospital for treatment and is listed in stable condition.

Police said the suspect is still at large.

Glendale Heights: Alsip Teen Accused of Attempted Murder

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

August 24, 2022

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL – A teen from Alsip, Illinois, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. 

According to the DuPage County State’s Attorney, on August 12, 2022, at approximately 8:30 pm, Nathan Gaytan, 16, and another unknown individual allegedly confronted the two victims on Army Trail Road.  During the confrontation, Gayton and the unknown individual allegedly pointed guns at the victims who then retreated from the scene.  Shortly after the incident, Gayton allegedly drove up and exited his vehicle and fired nine shots at the victims, with one of the victims being wounded in the arm and thigh.  According to the victims, Gayton then fled the scene.  Gayton was later arrested on August 18. 

“It is alleged that for no reason whatsoever, Mr. Gaytan fired nine times at an innocent couple simply enjoying an evening stroll.  Regardless of the age of the accused, violent gun crimes will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be aggressively prosecuted. I thank the Glendale Heights Police Department and MERIT for their outstanding work in identifying Mr. Gaytan as the person allegedly responsible for this unprovoked attack. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Joseph Lindt and Claudia Fantauzzo for their work in securing charges against this defendant,” Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney, said in a statement.

A $500,000 dollar bond has been set for Gayton, who is expected back in court on September 16, 2022.

Man Charged In Shooting Death In Bronzeville

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

August 3, 2022

CHICAGO – A man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a man in a Bronzeville shoe store in April.

According to police, Keantae Martin, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder for the murder of Damonte Robinson in the 4700 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue.

On April 23, Robinson’s girlfriend was driving him home when he abruptly asked her to pull over so he could confront someone over money.  Robinson, 23, exited the vehicle and entered the Bronzeville store around 1 pm and proceeded to confront the individual who owed him money.  Martin, a friend of the person who was arguing with Robinson, attempted to intervene by brandishing a weapon.  When Robinson attempted to exit the store, Martin allegedly shot him in the back.

On scene, police found Robinson facedown on the cement with two gunshot wounds in his back.  Robinson died at an area hospital.

Martin was later identified by surveillance video and a police officer that was familiar with his record.  Martin was taken into custody on Monday in Crown Point, Indiana and is being held without bail in Cook County.

Indiana Police Officer Killed During Traffic Stop

by The Chicago Times Staff

August 1, 2022

ELWOOD, IN – An Indiana police officer was shot during a traffic stop on Sunday.

According to police, 24-year-old Noah Shahnavaz was shot while exiting his squad car while conducting a traffic stop early Sunday in Elwood, Indiana.  Shahnavaz was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital where he later died.  Shahnavaz was on the job for 11 months and had previously served in the US Army.

Charges have been filed against 42-year-old Carl Roy Webb Boards II of Anderson, Indiana.  Boards is being held without bond at the Hamilton County Jail.

According to police, Boards allegedly shot Shahnavaz around 2 am Sunday near the intersection of State Road 37 and County Road 1100 N. in Madison County.  Allegedly, Boards fled the scene after the shooting and traveled into Hamilton County where police were able to conduct a pit stop maneuver on I-69 near State Road 37. 

Boards currently faces the following charges: murder, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, resisting law enforcement.  Prosecutors may seek the death penalty.

Aurora: Man Murders Brother

by Ann Nguyen, The Chicago Times

July 30, 2022

AURORA, IL – A Warrenville man has been charged in the shooting death of his brother during a heated argument in Aurora.

According to police, on July 25, 2022, 19-year-old Gabriel Garcia and his 21-year-old brother David were arguing when Gabriel allegedly brandished a handgun and shot David.

David was hit in the chest and was later pronounced dead.

Gabriel has been charged with first-degree murder and his bail has been set at $3 million.

Gabriel next court appearance is set for August 12, 2022.