Chicago Gang Members Helped Police Find Suspect in Shooting of 2 Officers

A protester walks past a line of police officers standing guard in front of the District 1 police headquarters in Chicago, Illinois November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Frank Polich

Members of a Chicago street gang helped police apprehend and charge a suspect in connection to last week’s shooting of two on-duty police officers, the Chicago Police Department said Sunday.

Information provided by several members of the La Raza street gang helped police to identify a driver and a shooter who they said pulled up alongside two plainclothes officers last Tuesday and opened fire with a military-style rifle, shooting one officer in the arm and hip the other in the back, the department said.

Police arrested and charged 18-year-old Angel Gomez, the suspected driver, with two counts of attempted murder, according to department officials.

The two male officers, who were driving a covert Chicago Police Department van in the city’s South Side at the time of the attack, were mistaken for rival gang members, police said. There is no evidence, at this time, that suggests the suspects knew the victims were police officers when they shot at them, police said.

“Everybody in the gang knew at that point that these gang members did not shoot rival gang members, they shot officers,” Chicago Police Commander Brendan Deenihan said referring to the La Raza members at a press conference on Sunday. “At that point, these individuals cooperated with us and we were able to identify the driver and the shooter.”

Gomez, who police said was out on a previous gun charge from January, confessed and was charged as an adult, Deenihan said. He is expected to appear in bond court on Monday, according to Deenihan. It was not clear if he has an attorney at this time.

Police said the suspected shooter, who was also identified by the street gang, is still at large.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Karma Allen