Uptown shooting victim was holding a gun when cops arrived, tried to swallow bags of crack at the hospital: Chicago police report

CHICAGO — The man who was shot by a drive-by gunman in Uptown on Wednesday evening was holding a loaded handgun when Chicago police arrived, according to a CPD arrest report. At the hospital, the report said, a nurse intervened when he tried to swallow nine baggies of suspected crack cocaine.

Daniel Getachew, 42, was standing outside a food mart in the 4600 block of North Broadway when someone began firing at him from a dark-colored Ford Fusion around 2:17 p.m., according to police.

Officers found Getachew seated on the ground with his legs in front of him, gripping a loaded pistol behind his back with his left hand, according to his arrest report. As the police approached, Getachew laid down, putting his back on top of the firearm, police said.

The officers rolled him onto his side, recovered the gun, and placed him in police custody, according to the report.

EMS transported Getachew to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of six gunshot wounds. He was scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday as prosecutors laid out the allegations against him before Judge William Fahy at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

Daniel Getachew in 2021 (Chicago Police Department)

Shortly after he arrived at the hospital, a nurse in the trauma room saw Getachew try to swallow a plastic baggie containing nine smaller bags of suspected crack, the CPD report said. She recovered the baggies and handed them over to the police.

Officers noted in his arrest report that he is a “known [Conservative Vice Lords] gang member.” He is charged with Class X armed habitual criminal and possessing a controlled substance.

State law prohibits judges from granting detention requests if a defendant is not present in court, so Judge Fahy ordered the motion to be considered after Getachew is released from the hospital.

Getachew has an extensive criminal record, with 49 separate criminal cases filed against him in Cook County since 1997, including 11 felonies. Many of those cases involve allegations of drug dealing on Uptown streets and gun possession. According to court records, he was convicted of Class X armed habitual criminal in 2022, receiving a three-year sentence from Judge Lauren Gottainer.

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