A four-time felon who was on bond for his third felony gun case is one of the gunmen who opened fire on a carload of people, leaving two injured, on the Lower West Side this month, prosecutors said Tuesday. He is now charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Hector Rivera is the 15th person charged with killing or shooting — or trying to shoot or kill — someone in Chicago this year while awaiting trial for a felony. The alleged crimes involve at least 33 victims, eight of whom died.
Authorities said five friends, including three who just got off work at McDonald’s, were targeted after they rode to a liquor store on the 2300 block of West 21st Street around 10:45 a.m. April 6.
While one victim stepped out of the car to go into the store, two gunmen began shooting him and the four who remained inside the vehicle.
The car’s driver sped away from the gunfire and headed to a hospital because two of the passengers realized the gunmen had shot them. An 18-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to her bicep and a 19-year-old man was shot in his stomach, officials said.
Detectives reviewed surveillance camera footage from the liquor store and identified Rivera by his tattoos, Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said. Investigators also circulated images from the videos and two cops allegedly identified Rivera by name based on previous contacts with him.
The videos show Rivera, whose face is visible, holding a gun inside the store and later firing the weapon toward the vehicle outside the business, according to Kalliantasis.
Only one of the alleged victims identified Rivera in photo line-ups. The other four either picked a different person or could not identify the gunman, Kalliantasis said.
Police staked out Rivera’s home and arrested him Monday. His previous felony convictions include a 2011 burglary, manufacture-delivery and unlawful use of a weapon in 2013; manufacture-delivery and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in 2015; and fleeing and eluding in 2017, said Kalliantasis.
Rivera also has an unlawful use of a weapon by a felon case pending in suburban Cook County. He paid a $5,000 deposit to get out of jail on that case.
Judge Charles Beach ordered Rivera held without bail.
The “not horrible” series
This report continues our coverage of individuals who have been accused of murder, attempted murder, or shooting firearms toward people while on bond for a pending felony case. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “we haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.
The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people on felony bail is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has made arrests in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data. You can support CWBChicago’s work by becoming a subscriber today.