DeKALB – An Aurora woman has been charged in connection with the Sunday night shooting that left one person dead and two others wounded after a high-speed police pursuit of the vehicle she was driving, said DeKalb interim Police Chief John Petragallo.
Vanity L. Garcia, 28, of the 900 block of Symphony Drive Aurora, is charged with concealment of homicidal death and aggravated fleeing to elude. She’s also facing charges from DeKalb police of aggravated driving on a suspended licence. She’s set to appear in DeKalb County court at 1 p.m. Tuesday. If convicted of the most serious crime of concealment of homicidal death, Garcia could face up to 10 years in jail.
“We still have a number of things to do,” Petragallo said Tuesday. “Although an arrest has been made, we still have work to do.”
Petragallo said Garcia was not injured.
The charges come after a deadly shooting occurred in DeKalb’s north side late Sunday, and investigators have unveiled more details in the case, according to a news release from the police department.
Two residents of the Hunter DeKalb apartment complex at 904 W. Hillcrest Drive were returning home late Sunday night when they entered their apartment and were were confronted by two men brandishing guns and demanding money. The men attempted to restrain the residents, and a struggle ensued. Shots were fired, and three people were hit by bullets, according to the release.
When officers arrived at the apartment around 11:55 p.m. Sunday, one observed a vehicle leaving the area, and they followed. Upon entering the apartment, other DeKalb officers found one person with gunshot wounds.
Meanwhile, the police pursuit led to the 14000 block of Plank Road, through Sycamore, where DeKalb police and DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies managed to stop a vehicle being driven by Garcia.
Inside, they found two other people suffering from gunshot wounds, who were transported to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital. One man from suburban Chicago who has not yet been identified, was later pronounced dead.
DeKalb County Coroner Denny Miller said Monday authorities were waiting to notify next of kin before releasing any identifying information.
The other victim, and another person who police are calling a suspect remain in stable condition at the hospital, the release states.
The DeKalb Police Department is working with the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s office on the investigation.
Police obtained several search warrants and, through searching, discovered three handguns, the release shows, two of which they believe were used in the shooting.
Petragallo said forthcoming information was delayed late Monday afternoon as investigators work on the case, but he anticipates more charges could be filed and arrests made in connection with the fatal incident.
Northern Illinois University and Sycamore police assisted, along with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, and the DeKalb and Sycamore Fire departments, the release shows.
Source: The Daily Chronicle