Juvenile charged as adult in shooting death of teen near Addison/Milwaukee

Luis Castejon | CPD

A 17-year-old gang member has been charged as an adult with murder in the shooting death of another teenager in the Irving Park neighborhood on Monday evening.

Judge David Navarro ordered Luis Castejon held without bail on Thursday after prosecutors laid out details of what they allege happened in the minutes leading up to the death of 17-year-old Emanuel Gallegos, a student at Northside College Prep.

Gallegos rode along as a friend drove to pick up a third person at Schurz High School, 3601 North Milwaukee, around 5:30 p.m. While the third person was waiting, Castejon approached him and asked the boy for his gang affiliation, according to prosecutors.

The boy denied being a gang member and got into the car with Gallegos and the other person. As the vehicle pulled away, Castejon began firing on the vehicle while yelling gang slogans, striking Gallegos twice, prosecutors said. Police said the driver of the car soon encountered a police officer who transported Gallegos to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where the boy was pronounced dead.

Surveillance video captured images of Castejon firing the gun, police said.

On Tuesday, police issued images from Snapchat that were posted shortly before the murder in which a young man who resembles Castejon was seen holding a gun. Police asked for the public’s help in identifying the person. Castejon turned himself in at Area North Police Headquarters the next morning.

Police said Castejon is a member of the Spanish Four Corner Hustlers street gang.
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