Chicago man opened fire on occupied Amazon truck because he was drunk, officials say

Juan Sivels | Chicago Police Department; aboutamazon.com

CHICAGO — An off-duty security guard who opened fire on an occupied Amazon delivery van in Logan Square told Chicago cops he did it because he was drunk, officials say. No injuries were reported, but one bullet lodged in the back of the seat where the Amazon driver was seated, according to police.

Surveillance video showed Juan Sivels, 39, taking out a gun and opening fire as he walked toward the Amazon truck in the 3300 block of West Armitage around 7:30 p.m. on December 6, prosecutors said.

Police found eleven shell casings at the scene. They discovered bullet holes on both sides of the Amazon van’s side doors and in the back of the driver’s seat, according to Sivel’s arrest report.

The 22-year-old Amazon courier told police he “felt the pressure of the bullet in the back of his seat,” the report said. Another bullet was found lodged in a copy of the book Sitting in the Darkness that was awaiting delivery in the back of the truck. Yet another bullet hit an unoccupied parked car.

Police found Sivels nearby and recovered a 9-millimeter handgun from a porch.

Judge Maryam Ahmad ordered Sivels detained to await trial, saying he “was shooting at an occupied Amazon van on a very busy Chicago street. This makes him a danger.”

She noted that Sivels told officials he opened fire “because he was intoxicated.”

He is charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm toward an occupied vehicle, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of criminal damage to property.

Officers noted in Sivel’s arrest report that prosecutors had been considering attempted murder charges.

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