CHICAGO — A Chicago man shot two Venezuelan migrants outside a Chicago police station and then led cops on a high-speed chase while drunk, ultimately crashing into a CPD patrol car, prosecutors said.
Anthony Evans, 25, remained hospitalized as prosecutors presented their allegations to Judge William Fahy during a detention hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Evans is accused of opening fire outside the Grand Crossing (3rd) District police station around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Bullets struck a 28-year-old woman in the buttocks and a 24-year-old man in the right thigh, according to Evans’ CPD arrest report. Both victims are migrants from Venezuela who listed the Grand Crossing station as their home address.
Moments later, Chicago cops spotted a Jeep Cherokee that matched the description of a vehicle wanted in connection with the shooting. Evans sped away, heading north on State Street, and eventually swerved into the southbound lanes, where he slammed into a Chicago police tactical unit’s squad car in the 5400 block of South State, the arrest report said.
Officers who removed Evans from the car said they found a 9-millimeter handgun with an extended magazine and an automatic-fire switch lying on the Jeep’s floorboard beside his right hand. Shell casings found inside the Jeep and at the shooting scene both came from a 9-millimeter handgun, police said.
At 6:30 p.m., about three hours after the crash, a doctor at Insight Hospital drew blood from Evans that came back with a .175 blood alcohol content, according to the arrest report. That is more than twice the legal limit. Officers said an open bottle of alcohol was also inside the Jeep.
Chicago Critter posted video recorded moments after the crash.
Both shooting victims were treated and released from the University of Chicago Hospital.
The Chicago Fire Department had to extract officers from the crashed squad car, a CPD media statement said. Four officers were taken to hospitals for treatment.
Officers arrested three other people at the crash scene and recovered a second handgun, but no charges have been announced against them.
Evans is charged with two counts of aggravated battery by discharging a firearm, three felony counts of aggravated DUI causing an accident with bodily harm, unlawful use of a machine gun, unlawful use of a firearm by a felon, aggravated fleeing causing property damage, and two misdemeanor DUI counts.
According to Cook County court records, Evans successfully completed two years of probation that he received in 2019 for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
A judge will consider the state’s request to jail Evans before trial after he is released from the hospital.