Prosecutors outline gang ties in two 2011 Aurora shootings
By Dan Campana For The Beacon-News February 15, 2013 3:54PM
Updated: March 18, 2013 6:51AM
ST. CHARLES — Two shootings involving the same Aurora man have something else in common, according to prosecutors — gang scare tactics.
Kane County prosecutors this week filed motions outlining how Armando Gallardo, charged with attempted murder in the two shootings cases from 2011, targeted rival gang members as they stood on the street. Gallardo is accused of pulling the trigger in a drive-by shooting that wounded a man on Sept. 6, 2011, and prosecutors contend he also provided the gun and drove the car involved in a shooting less than a week later, on Sept. 12, according to court records.
Gallardo was set for trial next week in the Sept. 12 case, but, after a Friday court appearance, he will instead return to court Feb. 28 for a status hearing. He has denied attempted murder and several weapons charges.
A grand jury indicted 22-year-old Gallardo on Feb. 8 in the other shooting.
Gallardo is currently in prison on a drug conviction with a scheduled March parole date. However, Gallardo would likely remain in custody upon his release by the Illinois Department of Corrections.
In the recently indicted case, prosecutors want to introduce gang motive and the timing and nature of the two shootings as evidence.
“Each of the shootings were gang related. On the date of both shootings, the defendant was a member of the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang. Both shootings ... were directed at a perceived rival gang member,” Assistant State’s Attorney Christina Wascher wrote in the filings.
“The gun recovered from the Sept. 12 shooting matches the bullet cartridges from the Sept. 6 shooting. The same gun was used in both shootings.”
Wascher said prior or subsequent bad acts can be used as evidence to show a propensity for certain criminal activity — shooting at rival gang members, in this instance — and that his role in these shootings is enough to allow testimony about his gang motives, the motions state.
Gallardo’s attorney had not filed a response.