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Who Needs Gun Laws? Catch and Release Continues in Chicago

Chicago Daily Observer 7 April 2018 No Comment

From CWB Chicago

Chicago police said they found a loaded handgun lying in the grass along Recreation Drive near the car where two gangbangers were hanging out late Friday night. But prosecutors refused to file weapons charges in the case because the gun couldn’t be tested for fingerprints on the weekend, police said.

Instead, Alfonso Fierro and two friends are charged with being on park property after hours and other minor offenses.

Fierro, known as “Little A,” is currently awaiting trial for allegedly possessing a loaded handgun in a car this winter. And one of his other arrestees is a felony gun offender.


Around 11:50 p.m. on Friday, 19th District (Town Hall) cops were enforcing the curfew along the 3600 block of North Recreation Drive, a known gang hangout that has been the site of several shootings.

The officers came upon a car where 27-year-old Fierro, 20-year-old Angel Gontarz, and a 17-year-old female juvenile were hanging out, according to police.

A police spokesman said that upon seeing police blue lights, Fierro ran from the scene and was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. Fierro was “holding his side” as he ran, according to an officer’s report, possibly indicating that he had a firearm in his waistband.

A search of the path taken during the foot chase revealed a loaded handgun lying about 30 feet in front of the trio’s car, according to police. The gun had a defaced serial number.

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