Man charged with shooting migrant outside Woodlawn shelter

CHICAGO — A man has been charged with shooting another man outside one of the city’s migrant shelters on Friday evening, Chicago police said.

Cleber Fernandez, 26, is charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, according to a CPD media statement.

CPD said Fernandez lives in the 6400 block of South University, which is where the Wadsworth Elementary School, currently operating as a migrant shelter, is located.

Police officers were in the area around 7:39 p.m. Friday when they heard gunfire near the shelter. They found the 25-year-old victim in the 6400 block of South University with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and lower back.

He was initially listed in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center. While the police department did not publicly identify the victim or Fernandez as migrants, people at the shelter said they believed both men were new arrivals in Chicago.

Cleber Fernandez | Chicago Police Department

The gunman was gone when officers arrived, but cops found Fernandez, who matched the shooter’s description, nearby. He was arrested after witnesses identified him as the offender, according to the police.

Using ShotSpotter gunfire data, cops located two shell casings, blood, and a bullet between the shelter building and a nearby park area, officers said. They also found a hoodie the suspect may have ditched as he ran from the scene.

The city housed 621 migrants at Wadsworth as of November 10.

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