Charges filed in Streeterville parking garage shooting

Ricardo Ortiz is charged with last month’s shooting inside a parking garage at 240 East Illinois. | Google; CPD

A 19-year-old man with three active criminal matters in Cook County courts has a fourth case to worry about: He’s now accused of shooting a man inside of a Streeterville parking garage on August 17th.

Prosecutors said surveillance video captured images of Ricardo Ortiz pulling out a handgun in the garage at 240 East Illinois around 11:45 p.m. Ortiz fired the weapon at a security camera and then into the garage, striking a 20-year-old man in the abdomen, according to court records. The victim subsequently recovered from his injuries and identified Ortiz as the shooter, police said.

No motive has been given for the Streeterville shooting. Police previously said they believed the incident was related to a theft from a vehicle inside the same garage that was reported about an hour before the man was shot.

Prosecutors charged Ortiz with felony aggravated assault by discharging a firearm and felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was ordered held without bail.

State records show Ortiz has been on second chance probation for burglary since last year. He was charged with theft, narcotics, and a violation of his probation in December. He posted bond to get out. Then, he was charged with criminal trespass to a residence in March. The court released him on a recognizance bond. He failed to appear repeatedly and has been put on and taken off electronic monitoring repeatedly since then (he was off at the time of the Streeterville shooting, but back on when he was arrested for it).

Ortiz is due back in court for the shooting case on September 24th.

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