Elmhurst man fled to Ari­zona af­ter try­ing to kill dog walker with AR-15: pros­e­cu­tors

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY DAVID STRUETT, CST WIRE RE­PORTER dstruett@sun­times.com | @dstru312

A 22-year-old Elmhurst man al­legedly fled to Ari­zona af­ter fir­ing an as­sault ri­fle on a man walk­ing a dog in the west­ern sub­urb.

Alec Gon­za­les al­legedly fired an AR-15 eight times and struck the man’s side and grazed his scalp, the DuPage County state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice said in a state­ment.

The shoot­ing hap­pened about 8:50 p.m. May 14 at Van Buren Street and Lin­den Av­enue, ac­cord­ing to Elmhurst po­lice.

The vic­tim, a 54-year-old man, re­cov­ered at a hos­pi­tal, while the shooter drove away, po­lice said.

It’s un­clear what prompted the shoot­ing. Gon­za­les was ar­rested June 25 in Mesa, Ari­zona, the day a Lake County judge is­sued a $5 mil­lion ar­rest war­rant, pros­e­cu­tors said. He faces one count each of at­tempted mur­der and ag­gra­vated bat­tery.

Gon­za­les is await­ing ex­tra­di­tion to DuPage County from Mari­copa County Jail in Ari­zona.

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