Aurora man, West Chicago juvenile face series of charges in separate shootings

Jack McCarthy

A 22-year-old Aurora man and a juvenile from West Chicago face a series of felony charges following separate shooting incidents last week.

Gabriel G. Martinez, of the 0-100 block of South Lincoln Ave., faces three charges in connection with a July 18 drive-by shooting that occurred around 8:25 p.m. in the 200 block of Beach Street.

According to an Aurora police announcement on Wednesday, Martinez was charged with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful used of a weapon in the incident, believed to be gang-related.

Martinez, a passenger in a car driven by a 16-year-old, allegedly fired several shots at a 14 year-old-boy who was sitting on the front porch of a home.

No one was hit by gunfire but the house was struck twice by bullets.

Aurora police said they received little cooperation from the victim or others at the house, but Special Operations investigators were able to identify both the suspect vehicle and establish that Martinez may have been involved.

Neither the driver or another 16-year-old passenger — a girl— were charged in relation to the shooting.

In a separate incident, a 17-year-old West Chicago teen was charged as a juvenile with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and single counts of unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and mob action in connection with a July 16 shooting in a church parking lot in the 600 block of Fifth Street.

The 17-year-old allegedly beat a 15-year-old Aurora boy with a pipe at around 1 p.m., July 16 as the 15-year-old was walking with friends in the area of Jackson Street and North Avenue.

The 15-year-old, who had a long-running personal disagreement with the suspect, then contacted him over social media and they decided to meet at the parking lot that evening to fight, according to a police statement.

Before the meeting, both teens enlisted assistance from several friends. At around 9:15 p.m., when the 15-year-old and three of his friends drove to the parking lot, the 17-year-old fired several shots at the vehicle in which they were riding. No one was hit by the gunfire but the vehicle was struck twice.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident at his home the following night and transported to the Kane County Youth Home.

No other charges have been lodged in either shooting but both investigations are ongoing and further charges have not been ruled out.

Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora Police Investigators at (630) 256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000.


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