BY JESSICA KOSCIELNIAK
A wounded Alex Garrido climbed into the driver’s seat of his brother’s Lincoln Navigator and attempted to take his bleeding relatives to a hospital after a flurry of bullets entered the SUV Easter Sunday in the Little Village neighborhood.
Garrido, 23, said he was in the backseat with two young children when the gunfire erupted and he was shot in the hand. His brother, Juan Ocon, was shot in the head while driving and his cousin, Timmy Bermudez, was struck in the chest as he sat in the front seat, authorities said.
After the shooting, Garrido climbed into the driver’s seat, sat on his bleeding brother and drove off to find a hospital as the children cried in the back seat.
Ocon, 32, of the 3400 block of West 59th Place, died at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Bermudez, 19, of the 900 block of West 19th Place, died at Mount Sinai Hospital about 20 minutes after being shot.
Police said the series of events that led to the double murder started about 1 p.m. April 21 when the family spotted the stolen orange Hummer of a relative on vacation. Ocon followed the Hummer to the 2800 block of South Sawyer Avenue, where two gunmen exited the vehicle and opened fire on the Navigator.
Garrido drove to South Kedzie Avenue and West 24th Street, where emergency crews responded.
“What are the coincidence in a big city running into a truck that has been stolen?” said Rosalio Ocon, Bermudez’ father and Ocon’s brother.
Family members said Ocon and Bermudez were not involved with gangs or drugs.
“Innocent blood always gets shed,” Garrido said.
The shooting happened beneath a police security camera, but nobody has been charged for the murders.
Area Central detectives are investigating.