A judge denied bail today for an 18-year-old man accused in the fatal shooting of two men killed in 2012 during the NATO summit weekend in which at least a dozen others were shot and wounded.
Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered Mario Gutierrez held on no bail during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts building today.
Asst. State's Attorney Jamie Santini said one of the two shooters, Jesus Gutierrez, who was 16 at the time and who is Mario Gutierrez's brother, died in an unrelated motor vehicle crash after the attack in the 2200 block of South Leavitt Street about 12:45 a.m. on May 21, 2012.
Mario Gutierrez, 18, of the 1900 block of 21st Place, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, in the deaths of two men, identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Estaban Alvarez, 27, and Alejandro Munoz, 26.
The killings happened in the city's Heart of Chicago neighborhood and stemmed from a plan Mario Gutierrez and the three other suspects, all of whom are members of the Ambrose Street gang, hatched to travel into rival gang territory so they could shoot and kill members of the Satan Disciples street gang, according to Santini.
Alvarez and Munoz were sitting on a porch at the Leavitt address with several other people when the brothers and two others drove past and saw them, Santini said. They pulled over and two suspects walked towards the victims, while carrying loaded firearms.
Mario Gutierrez got out of the car and walked down an alley where he acted as a lookout, watching for police, while the fourth suspect waited behind the wheel of the car, Santini said.
The two shooters confronted the unarmed victims, pulled their guns from under their shirts and fired multiple times, leaving Munoz dead at the scene, Santini said. Alvarez was shot in the abdomen and managed to flee into his home but he later died at Mount Sinai Hospital.
All four fled the scene in the same car, which was shown in video surveillance cameras pulling into the alley before the attack and then leaving shortly after the shootings, Santini said.
After the murders, Jesus Gutierrez was identified in a photo array as one of the shooters but he subsequently died in an unrelated car crash, Santini said.
Alvarez died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen while Munoz, of the 2300 block of South Oakley Avenue, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner’s office, which performed autopsies later that day. Both deaths were ruled homicides.
Santini said the other two suspects -- now 17 and 19 -- have not been charged in the case.
Jesus Gutierrez, also of the 1900 block of West 21st Place, was the sole occupant of an SUV that was northbound on Ashland when, for an unknown reason, he fatally smashed into the back of a parked semitrailer truck in the 2400 block of South Ashland Avenue on Dec. 24, 2012, authorities said at that time.
At least two dozen people were wounded across the city on the busy NATO summit weekend, including two young boys who were killed in separate shootings.