Chicago cops are on the hunt for the gunmen who killed two students outside Innovations High School in the Loop on Friday afternoon. And, CWBChicago has learned, investigators have determined that there is an odd “nexus” between the murders and the raid on the Chicago Prada store that left a cop and a suspect shot in the Gold Coast.
Cops across the city are on the lookout for a dark blue 2022 Infiniti QX50 that was used by the murderers on Friday afternoon, according to a CPD bulletin. There’s a stolen license plate on the vehicle.
A law enforcement source confirmed to CWBChicago that license plate reader data shows the Infiniti has recently traveled with or near another vehicle that police believe was involved in the Prada smash-and-grab on January 8.
Whether there is a connection between the cases—or if the cars being near each other was a coincidence—is not yet known.
Monterio Williams, 17, and Robert Boston, 16, were shot and killed around 12:25 p.m. Friday as they exited onto the first block of North Wabash with a handful of other Innovation students, officials said. The Infiniti and a sedan stopped in the middle of Wabash, and a group of people emerged from the vehicles, police said. At least two of them opened fire on the students.
A high-ranking Chicago Police Department official told the Chicago Tribune that the shooting appeared to be an “ambush,” the paper reported.
Earlier this month, a smash-and-grab burglary crew rammed a stolen SUV into the Prada Store, 30 East Oak, and hauled away armloads of high-end merchandise. The entire crew fled in cars, except for one man. He apparently got left behind and tried to escape on foot.
Chicago cops responding to the burglary call spotted him carrying a gun in the first block of East Walton and ordered him to drop the weapon, police said. Instead, he engaged the officers in a shootout, according to CPD.
A 55-year-old Chicago police officer suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. The other man, identified by officials as 33-year-old Deshawn Lucas, was critically injured by police gunfire.
He is charged with a host of felonies, including two counts of attempted murder.