Auroran gets 22 years in 2011 shootings
Beacon-News Staff December 21, 2012 1:12PM
Alejandro Rodriguez faces up to 20 years in prison in an Aurora shooting.
Updated: December 22, 2012 10:24PM
An Aurora man has been sent to prison for a pair of shootings in Aurora over Labor Day weekend of 2011.
Alejandro Rodriguez, 21, of the 1300 block of Indian Avenue, was sentenced to 22 years in prison this week by Kane County Judge David R. Akemann.
Rodriguez was convicted last month of armed violence, aggravated discharge of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member, all felonies.
At about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 3, 2011, Rodriguez was a passenger in a car traveling through Aurora’s near East Side. Around State and Kane streets, a couple blocks from two elementary schools, the two men encountered a person they believed to be a rival street gang member, prosecutors said.
Rodriguez began to argue with the man, then pulled out a revolver and fired three shots at the victim. The shots missed the victim but struck a nearby house and vehicle, prosecutors said.
Rodriguez and the driver sped off, but stopped a short time later near Beach and Columbia streets where they encountered a second man they believed to be a rival street gang member. Rodriguez fired another three shots at the second victim.
The shots again missed the victim and again struck a nearby house and car.
The men again drove away, and a witness called 911. After a search of the neighborhood, Rodriguez was arrested and five rounds of ammunition were found in his possession. Police found more than 300 rounds ammunition for the gun in his home, prosecutors said.
No one was injured in either shooting, which prosecutors said was prompted by Rodriguez wanting to improve his standing in his street gang.
“The community was put in great danger by Mr. Rodriguez’s reckless acts of gang violence,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.