Chicago man charged with shooting acquaintance and postal carrier no bail | Chicago News


A file photo shows a crime scene blocked by Chicago police. (WTTW News)

A Chicago man will remain in jail after allegedly injuring an acquaintance and shooting a postman in an incident on the Northwest Side earlier this month.

Caleb Del Toro, 24, was taken into custody without bail during a hearing Wednesday afternoon, following his arrest on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and battery with a gun and resisting an officer.

The shooting took place on July 1 at around 1:38 p.m. in the 2000 block of North Keystone Avenue, Cook County prosecutors said.

At that time, a 28-year-old man and his wife were entering their house after parking their car in front of their residence. As they walked, the man realized he had left his house keys in the car and turned around to retrieve them.

In doing so, Del Toro allegedly drove his BMW past the man heading north on Keystone, then opened the driver’s side door and fired five shots at the man, hitting him once in the stomach and grazing his arm. .

A second victim, who works as a postman, was delivering mail in the area at the same time. Prosecutors said one of the shots hit a pepper spray canister he was carrying, detonating it on him, although he suffered no serious injuries.

Prosecutors said surveillance footage showed Del Toro’s vehicle in the area before and after the shooting. The shoot itself was also captured on video.

The shot man was taken to hospital and survived his injuries. According to prosecutors, he identified Del Toro in a series of photos, saying his face was “clearly visible” to him at the time of the shooting, and adding that he had known Del Toro for about 10 years.

The man also told police that after the shooting he received a phone call from Del Toro, who apologized for the shooting, prosecutors said.

Del Toro was arrested Monday at his workplace and reportedly resisted police.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Cook County Judge Mary Catherine Marubio said Del Toro “posed a danger to the community,” and added the postal carrier was “lucky” not to have suffered any serious injury.

Del Toro is due to return to court on July 21.

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