Two Teens charged in fatal shooting of 14-year-old

Damien Garza Javier Garza
Sun-Times Media Wire: April 9, 2013 12:38PM
Two teens have been charged with this past weekend’s fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy in what police believe was a gang-related incident.

The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2200 block of South Leavitt Street, police News Affairs Officer Joshua Purkiss said.

Michael Orozco was shot in the chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 4:56 p.m., authorities said.

Police on the scene radioed a description of the gunman’s vehicle and nearby officers found a vehicle matching the description, taking three males into custody, police said. A weapon was recovered.

Javier Garza, 17, of the 2900 block of North 75th Court in Elmwood Park, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, according to police.

Damien Garza, 19, of the 4500 block of South Wood Street, was charged with one count each of first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated reckless driving without a license, and cited for operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Police did not immediately know Tuesday if or how the two were related, but said the suspects and the victim were documented gang members.

Both Garzas are scheduled to appear for bond hearings on Tuesday. A third suspect was released without being charged, police said.

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