Thursday, March 15, 2018

Uptown: Teen Charged As Adult In Shooting Of Truman Student

Santos throws up gang signs while sitting on a CPD squad car in the 20th (Lincoln) District. | Facebook
A West Ridge 17-year-old has been charged as an adult with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a Truman College student near the school’s Uptown campus on  March 8.

Bryan Santos of the 6000 block of North Claremont was ordered held without bail this afternoon by Judge Sophia Atcherson.

Santos was arrested at his home on Tuesday after being positively identified as the person who shot a 21-year-old rival gang member in the 4500 block of North Magnolia during a dispute, police said.

A police source confirmed a CWBChicago report that Santos was first taken into custody about 30 minutes after the shooting. Witnesses tipped off cops to a man who had been hiding under a porch near the shooting scene. Officers approached the porch and apprehended Santos after a brief chase, according to the source.

In court today, prosecutors said Santos approached the victim on the street around 12:10 p.m. with his face covered by a mask and hoodie. He initially pistol-whipped the victim, but when the 21-year-old fought back with brass knuckles, Santos opened fire, prosecutors said.

Santos and the victim were both studying in a Truman program that helps young adults secure their high school diplomas.

According to posts on Santos' Facebook page, he is a Latin King gang member.

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