A Rogers Park man was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy in an Uptown pizzeria.
Here is the story from the Chicago Tribune:
Bail was denied today for a Rogers Park man accused of fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy in the face inside an Uptown pizzeria after yelling gang slogans at him.
Andre Alejandro, 22, looked down and shook his head as prosecutors detailed first-degree murder charges in the slaying of Ivan Alanis inside Laurie’s Pizza and Liquors in the 5100 block of North Broadway.
Prosecutors also revealed it was not the first time Alejandro has been accused of gang-related violence at the store. In 2008, he was convicted of aggravated battery for his role in the brutal beating of a suspected rival, who was left with 45 stitches to the face and head.
Ivan, his older sister and her friend walked into the pizzeria about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, as Alejandro and his friend were leaving, authorities said. Alejandro, of the 1400 block of West Chase Avenue, is an admitted member of the Gangster Disciples street gang and believed Alanis’ group to be members of a rival gang.
After Alejandro “exchanged words” with someone in the boy’s group, he pulled out a handgun and fired three times, striking Ivan in the mouth, Assistant State’s Attorney Angela Carlisle said. Ivan, of the 7400 block of North Western Avenue, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
No one in Ivan’s group was armed, Carlisle said.
Alejandro, of the 1400 block of West Chase Avenue, fled after the shooting but was arrested about four hours later, Carlisle said. Surveillance footage captured him firing the shots, and numerous eyewitnesses identified him as the gunman. He also admitted to police he’d fired at least twice, then stashed the gun in a gangway, according to the prosecutor.
In addition to the 2008 conviction for the gang-related attack, Alejandro has a 2007 felony conviction for narcotics possession and numerous misdemeanor convictions on his record, Carlisle said.
Prosecutors did not say whether anyone in Ivan’s group was a gang member.
At a press conference Tuesday, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the boy was affiliated with two separate gangs.
The boy’s father, Rogelio Alanis, told the Tribune by telephone his son wasn’t involved in any gangs. “He was a good person,” Alanis said. His family said the boy was a 7th grader at Armstrong Elementary school on the city’s north side.
Several members of Alejandro’s family who were present in court today declined to speak to reporters. His court-appointed attorney said Alejandro has a 2-year-old son and is studying at Truman College to become an automotive technician.