Little Village Men Charged With Shooting at Cops
CHICAGO — Two Little Village men were order held without bail by a Cook County judge for shooting at police.
Prosecutors said Thursday that Giovanni Velez and Jose Sosa, both 22, were huddled together in a gangway in the 2600 block of West 23rd Place Tuesday night when two officers in an unmarked spotted them, prosecutors said. The officers yelled "police" out the window of the car when Sosa started to walk toward them.
As they jumped out of the car, the officers could hear Sosa shout "pop 'em, pop 'em," prosecutors said. Velez emerged from the gangway with the gun and fired once at the police, prosecutors said.
The suspects then fled the scene, police said. They were found a short time later, along with a gun. It was not clear if they were looking for another gun.
Velez, of the 2000 block of West Cermak Road, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated discharge of a gun and one armed habitual criminal count, police said.
Sosa, of the 2600 block of West 24th Place, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated discharge of a gun and a misdemeanor count of cannabis possession.
No one was hurt, and police did not return fire, cops said.
On Thursday, Judge Edward Harmening ordered the two defendants held without bail.