Venezuelan migrant shot another migrant he had ‘problems’ with, prosecutors say

CHICAGO — A Venezuelan migrant has been detained to await trial after Chicago police accused him of shooting another migrant he used to be friends with in South America.

Tony Briceno Vizcaya, 23, grabbed a gun and went to his former friend’s home in the 7900 block of South Marshfield around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said. Several migrants lived in the apartment, including four adults and two young children.

Vizcaya allegedly made his way to a bedroom and forced his 24-year-old former friend into the kitchen at gunpoint, saying he had “problems” with the victim. Officials said he held the victim and witnesses at gunpoint before allowing one of the adults to leave the kitchen to tend to the children in another room.

Meanwhile, Vizcaya continued to point the gun at the victim and the remaining witnesses in the kitchen and eventually fired one shot, striking his old friend in the thigh, according to the allegations.

Vizcaya fled in a car as the other migrants called for help. They told Chicago cops that the gunman lived in the 8000 block of South Morgan near a laundromat, according to CPD’s arrest report. Officers went there and saw Vizcaya arrive in a car and clothing that matched the descriptions provided by witnesses.

Asked if he had a gun in the car, Vizcaya allegedly told officers, “I have my personal weapon.” The cops allegedly found a .38-caliber revolver in the driver’s door panel. Police said three witnesses identified him as the shooter.

Tony Briceno Vizcaya | Chicago Police Department

Judge Charles Beach granted the state’s detention request. Vizcaya is charged with aggravated battery by discharging a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

He is at least the second migrant currently facing charges for allegedly shooting another migrant in Chicago.

In November, prosecutors charged Cleber Fernandez, 26, with shooting a 25-year-old male migrant outside the Wadsworth shelter, 6420 South University, in Woodlawn. Both men lived there and had fought hours before the shooting, officials said.

In May, 27-year-old Elvis Diaz-Betancourt was charged with stabbing a fellow migrant during a fight outside the Standard Club shelter, 320 South Michigan, in the Loop.

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