The shooter who allegedly shot a Chicago police officer over the weekend apparently shot dead the "first Hispanic" that he would have seen after a fight at a nearby restaurant, in a fast food restaurant, announced Monday the policeman.
Chicago Police Commissioner Eddie Johnson told a news conference that Menelik Jackson, 24, and Jovan Battle, aged 32, were searching the scene after Jackson and another friend quarreled with a group of men in front of the flagship McDonald's restaurant, in the River North area of Chicago.
"In an act of cowardice, Mr. Jackson fetched a gun to settle this small conflict," Johnson told reporters.
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The 24-year-old was reported to be shooting at a member of the group with whom he had fought, but the men's party bus had already left the scene. So, says Johnson, Jackson's decided on a different target.
"I guess he was happy with the first Hispanic he saw," he said.
An hour after the initial fight between Jackson and the men who have since died, John Rivera, a 23-year-old guard officer, was shot several times while he was sitting in a car with three friends after visiting a pizzeria in the neighborhood. Rivera, a two-year veteran and patrol officer who had completed his shift earlier, was hit in the chest, arm and mouth. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Rivera's friend, who is also 23, was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but is expected to survive. Another Chicago police officer and a civilian woman were in the car but were not injured, the police said.
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Officials said Monday that the alleged gunman, Jackson, was charged with murder and attempted murder, with Battle. Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke of the Cook County Circuit Court ordered that the two men be detained without bail.
"The two men represent a real and present threat to the victims, the living victims, in this case, this community and all the other human beings on the planet with whom they come in contact," said the judge.
The battle had met with Jackson and a third individual to find the group in the party bus fight, according to state deputy attorney James Murphy. He added that footage from the surveillance camera showed that Jackson was pulling a handgun and aimed it directly at the car window of the car in which Rivera was sitting. Before approaching the vehicle, the prosecutor said Chicago Sun-Times reported.
"You can clearly see Jackson in video pulling a handgun and pointing [at] the driver's window a few feet away, "Murphy told the court. "Surviving victims [heard] from outside the car, "Let's jump this b____h."
Prosecutors also described the shootings as a wrong affair, according to the Sun-Times.
The battle had been stopped nearly 50 times since 2005, while Jackson was still on probation in a domestic violence case, according to court records obtained by the Sun-Times. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that when police arrested Jackson, the police used Rivera's handcuffs to detain him.
Deputy Public Defender Christopher Anderson, who represents Battle, said his client did not have the opportunity to call the police station, adding that the 32-year-old was unemployed and receiving security assistance. for his bipolar disorder and depression. Lawyer Robert Willis, Jackon's legal representative, said his client had an associate degree and was working at a specialized auto parts store.
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The investigators are still looking for the third man who was with Battle and Jackson during the shooting, Johnson said.
Rivera had been an officer in Chicago for almost two years.
"John is a love.It is an angel," said a friend, Jennifer Navarro, at the Associated Press. "Why would anyone just want to take his life away from him like that?" He had a lifetime ahead of him. "
Lucia Suarez of Fox News and Associated Press contributed to this report.