6 years for concealed carry holder who shot her ‘friend’ during argument in Rogers Park

Ashley Gomez allegedly shot her friend in the leg during an argument on the 7400 block of North Sheridan. (Chicago Police Department, Multiplottr)

CHICAGO — A concealed carry license holder who shot her friend during an argument in Rogers Park has been sentenced to six years in prison. Ashley Gomez, 32, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery by discharging a firearm in exchange for the sentence from Judge Jennifer Coleman. She must serve 85% of the time before being eligible for release.

Gomez and the victim had been friends for more than ten years when they began arguing in a car with a few companions around 3:20 a.m. on July 10, 2022.

As the argument heated up, Gomez pulled out her gun and pointed it at the 29-year-old victim, prompting the woman to “criticize” her for pulling out a weapon, a prosecutor said during an initial court appearance. Gomez put the weapon away, saying she didn’t need a gun to fight the woman, and the two began to physically fight inside the vehicle, officials said.

Gomez eventually pulled the gun out again, pointed it at the other woman’s thigh, and pulled the trigger, according to prosecutors. Gomez and some of the car’s occupants fled, and the driver took the victim to a hospital for treatment.

Prosecutors initially said the victim believed Gomez was drunk and high on pot at the time of the shooting. Her defense attorney at the time disagreed, saying Gomez was neither drunk nor high, “unlike the victim.”

The Illinois Department of Corrections has scheduled Gomez’s parole for August 27, 2027.

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