Two Charged in Possible Gang-Related Shooting

By Hunter Clauss | Monday, May 3, 2010

Chicago Police Car. Credit: Mike Fourcher

Two men have been charged in a possible gang-related shooting that took place near the Brown Line?s Kimball station last Thursday. Erick Quiroa, 25, and Oscar Hernandez, 19, are charged with attempted first-degree murder after a 32-year-old man was shot multiple times near the CTA station around 10:45 p.m., according to the Chicago Breaking News Center.

Police officers in the area heard gunshots and followed the sound to the station, where they saw a Ford Explorer driving south on Kimball, according to the report. Officers turned on their emergency lights and followed the Ford Explorer as it made its way near the CTA Brown Line?s Rockwell station, where Quiroa jumped out of the SUV and began running on foot. Officers chased him on foot through multiple backyards and eventually caught up to him in the 4700 block of North Washtenaw Avenue.

Hernandez continued to drive the SUV and briefly escaped from officers, but police eventually found the vehicle abandoned in the 3600 block of West Berteau Avenue. It?s not clear how they found Hernandez himself.

The 32-year-old man shot in the incident was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, and an officer suffered ?a sprain or break to a finger,? according to Chicago Breaking News. Quiroa was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital, 5145 N. California Ave., to be treated for cuts and bruises.

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