Saturday, November 17, 2018

2 Charged after Archer Heights Shooting

Bridgeview twins are gang members, police say

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

Two 30-year-old Bridgeview men—said by police to be gang members--have been charged with weapons-related crimes after the shooting of a 23-year-old Vittum Park man—said by police to be a rival gang member.

Vincent R. Gonzalez and his twin brother, Barbarito, both of
Vincent Gonzalez
the 7800 block of South Roberts Road, were arrested after the 23-year-old was struck in the chest by gunfire during a confrontation on the street in the 4800 block of South Kostner at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The 23-year-old man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition.

Police said they chased the Gonzalez brothers’ truck and
Barbarito Gonzalez
curbed it minutes later at 4500 W. 51st St., near where the street dead-ends at railroad tracks.

Police added that there had been an exchange of gunfire between the 23-year-old man and the Gonzalez brothers, and that the Gonzalez brothers' truck had bullet holes in it.

Both Gonzalez brothers were charged with unlawful use of a weapon, after handguns were found in their vehicle, police added.

Later, police found a handgun behind an air conditioning unit in the backyard of a home in the 4900 block of South Kostner, which appeared to belong to the 23-year-old man.

Bond was denied for Barbarito Gonzalez. He is currently held by the Cook County Department of Corrections. His next court date is Dec. 18.

In a public post on Facebook, the brothers' father, also named Barbarito, said his sons acted only in self-defense.

A woman identifying herself as the sister of Vincent and Barbarito Gonzalez has stated that the brothers are "successful business men, owners of a trucking company" and that they were the victims in the incident. She said they were on their way to a bar on 47th Street when they were attacked by the 23-year-old man.

(Editor's note: As always, we remind our readers that people charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)

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