Skip to comments.Elgin man charged in shooting death
Posted on 08/03/2011 1:58:30 PM PDT by Coleus
Eighteen-year-old Guillermo Pineda, of Elgin, and a group of his friends were on the 800 block of Arthur Drive late Monday shortly before 11 p.m. just a few blocks from Pinedas home.
Around the same time, Donald Rattanavong, 57, looked out his window and saw a group of teenagers near his car, which was parked on the street. Rattanavong, armed with a small caliber handgun walked outside and yelled at the teens before firing multiple shots, Elgin police said. Advertisement
One of those bullets struck Pineda, of the 1100 block of Iroquois Drive. Pineda died at Sherman Hospital Monday night from a gunshot wound to the head, police said. None of the other teens was injured. Elgin Police Department spokeswoman Sue Olafson said police received the 911 call at 10:50 p.m. Monday for a shooting on the 800 block of Arthur Drive. Rattanavong never saw the teenagers inside his car, Olafson said.
He believed that his car was being burglarized, Olafson said. But no entry had been made. Rattanavong, who does not possess a valid firearm owners identification card, was taken into custody Monday night while Elgin police conducted an investigation.
Rattanavongs wife, Southip, said she was upstairs while her husband was downstairs during the confrontation so she didnt know what happened. With the noise from Fourth of July fireworks in the background, she said she didnt hear anything.
But Southip said Rattanavong told her he didnt think about killing anyone. He said he fired a shot in the air and thats it, Southip said. Rattanavong was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter as well as reckless discharge of a firearm, police said.
According to Olafson, the Cook County States Attorneys Office declined to prosecute burglary charges for any of the teenagers. Rattanavong appeared in Cook County Bond Court Wednesday afternoon where bail was set at $50,000. His next court date is scheduled for July 27.
He woulda been better off firing a few rounds at their feet.
I learned from movies that bullets never ricochet unless it helps the hero out.
Make sure the bullet in the kid’s head matches one fired from his gun. Not proper gun control there.
I don’t think so. Laotian, perhaps, or a “border-baby”. I met a Lao guy years ago whose son was killed in a drive-by shooting down around Dallas. Damn tragic.
What immigration problem?
“Get off my lawn!”
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