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Killers of 8-Year-Old Girl in Chicago Got Subway Sandwiches Right After Her Murder, Prosecutors Say

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After a Chicago teenager opened fireplace on a avenue nook Saturday afternoon, killing 8-year-old Melissa Ortega and injuring not less than one different, he and his grownup getaway driver grabbed sandwiches, prosecutors mentioned on Thursday.

“They drove to a Subway to get Subway sandwiches,” Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy mentioned at a listening to. “They are seen laughing, having a good time, and then they go to a gas station to buy beverages.”

The surprising reveal got here throughout a bond listening to for Xavier Guzman and Emilio Corripio for his or her alleged position in the deadly Saturday afternoon taking pictures in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. Guzman, a 27-year-old cab driver, and 16-year-old Corripio are dealing with a number of fees, together with first-degree homicide, for the taking pictures that killed Ortega and injured one other.

Prosecutors mentioned Thursday that Corripio was a self-identified Latin King Gang member. Both defendants had been denied bail on Thursday.

During the bond listening to, Murphy mentioned the pair expressed an “utter disregard for human life” once they participated in the taking pictures that additionally triggered bullets to hit a automotive the place a 47-year-old man and his 9-year-old daughter hid inside. In complete, 4 people had been affected by the gunfire, together with a 29-year-old man who was the supposed goal after allegedly flashing rival gang indicators on the road, prosecutors mentioned.

“One child was lost that day. It could have easily been two. That 9-year-old was almost killed as well,” Murphy pressured.

The Jan. 22 incident started simply after 2 p.m. when Guzman picked up Corripio at his house in his cab, in keeping with a bond courtroom proffer obtained by The Daily Beast. As they drove into Little Village, an space described by prosecutors as “2-6 gang territory,” they noticed a person “flashing 2-6 gang signs,” a rival of the Latin Kings. The movement prompted the pair to drive towards a close-by alley, the place {the teenager} allegedly exited the automotive in a “dark jacket” and a black masks earlier than pulling out a gun.

The teenager is then seen on video taking pictures the 29-year-old and an unknown particular person, transferring round “as he continued to shoot,” Murphy mentioned in courtroom. While the 29-year-old was capable of run and conceal in a close-by constructing, the prosecutor added that he was shot in the again.

Further down the road, prosecutors say, the daddy and his 9-year-old daughter had been inside their automotive ready for the people flashing the 2-6 gang indicators to go away. But when Corripio opened fireplace, “a number of bullets struck” their car, prosecutors added.

“At the same time, Melissa Ortega, an 8-year-old girl wearing a pink hat, was walking… on 26th street, holding her mother’s hand,” prosecutors detailed in the proffer. When Corripio allegedly struck the 29-year-old, Ortega “looked behind her as she and her mother were crossing” the road.

“When the pictures rang out, Melissa and her mom started to jog shortly away from the gunfire when Melissa was shot in the top,” prosecutors mentioned. “Melissa fell to the ground on the corner of Pulaski and 26th Street where she died.”

After the lethal taking pictures, Corripio went again to the automotive the place Guzman was ready and the pair drove off towards a close-by Subway, prosecutors continued. They added that the duo arrived on the fast-food store about half an hour after the homicide and had been caught on digicam parking the cab to order sandwiches.

“When they left Subway, they took the sandwiches with them, got back into the cab, and drove away,” prosecutors mentioned in the proffer.

The pair allegedly proceeded to a gasoline station to purchase drinks in money.

Hours later, Guzman’s cab was caught on digicam on the location the place the taking pictures occurred—and even drove previous a memorial that was positioned in Ortega’s honor, prosecutors mentioned.

On Monday, a Chicago police officer stopped Guzman’s cab, the place a handgun was allegedly discovered in the motive force’s door compartment.

“That gun was recovered, and ballistic testing confirmed that the fired shell casings found at the scene of Melissa’s murder were fired from that handgun,” prosecutors mentioned. “Also recovered from the cab was a fingerprint from the front passenger side interior door handle.”

Cell cellphone knowledge recovered from Guzman’s cellphone allegedly confirmed communications between the 2 deendants, together with a video the place Guzman admitted to being on the scene of the shootings and that Corripio used his gun.

Corripio was arrested on Tuesday.

In arguing for no bail, Murphy mentioned {the teenager} had dedicated three earlier aggravated carjackings in the span of 5 months and was on “intensive probation” on the time of Ortega’s homicide.

In an announcement to The Daily Beast, Chris Anderson, an assistant Cook County public defender who represented each defendants for the bond listening to, questioned why “the 29-year-old ‘victim’ was not charged with Felony Murder for Mob Action for instigating violence with gang signs that other victim(s) were trying escape from, prior to the shooting.”

“It is distressing for a 16-year-old to face an adult criminal system and very troubling that he is automatically treated as an adult in Illinois without consideration of his special circumstances,” Anderson mentioned. “There is simply no explanation as to why shooting a gun that causes death automatically makes a child into an adult. In fact, it is usually due to immaturity that a child may misuse a firearm, not because of maturity!”

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