‘Gang-affiliated’ man shot, nearly killed victim 3 months after prosecutors dropped a felony gun charge, officials say

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a known gang member shot and critically injured another man in Little Village just three months after getting probation for head-butting a Chicago cop. Prosecutors also dropped a felony gun case on the day he pleaded guilty to the battery.

Angelo Velez, 19, is charged with attempted murder in connection with the January 1 shooting in the 3000 block of South Kildare. The victim was sitting in a car outside his home when Velez pulled up next to him in a car with several passengers, prosecutors said.

Velez yelled at the victim, threw up gang signs, and fired several shots from a gold handgun into the man’s car, according to the state’s detention petition. Police said the victim suffered gunshot wounds to his chest, arm, neck, and chin.

Cicero police officers later spotted the 2015 Kia Soul that Chicago cops linked to the shooting and pulled it over. Prosecutors said Velez was driving the car, and investigators found a gold handgun inside the vehicle. Officials said two people who were in Velez’s car at the time of the shooting identified him as the person who fired shots.

Judge Susana Ortiz detained Velez as a public safety threat, pointing to his “gang-affiliated” status and the fact that he is on probation as some of the reasons he should not be released.

Angelo Velez | Chicago Police Department

The battery case stemmed from an August 31, 2022, incident in which Velez allegedly head-butted a Chicago police officer in the face while the cop was trying to arrest him for throwing bricks at a Chicago Water Department truck.

Less than two weeks later, cops arrested Velez again, claiming that they found him in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors dropped the gun case on October 5, 2023, the same day that Velez pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a peace officer, according to court records. Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesil sentenced him to 24 months of probation and 50 hours of community service.

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