UPDATE: 2 Charged in Tuesday's Life-Threatening Shooting of 16-Year-Old

UPDATE: 2 Charged in Tuesday’s Life-Threatening Shooting of 16-Year-Old

The 600 block of Second Avenue. (CREDIT: Google Maps)

Two men have been charged in connection to a shooting and pursuit on the city’s near east side that left a 16-year-old suffering from life-threatening injuries on Tuesday afternoon.

(CREDIT: Google Maps)

Just after 4:15 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 18, 2020), Aurora Police officers responded to the 600 block of Second Avenue for reports of a person shot. When officers arrived, they found a 16-year-old male teenager suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Aurora Fire Department paramedics transported the 16-year-old to an area hospital in serious condition.

Aurora detectives were able to determine that the victim approached a vehicle in the 600 block of Second Avenue and at some point, a struggle occurred.

Jose Soto

Police say 18-year-old Jose Soto fired shots at the 16-year-old, striking him multiple times.

The vehicle then drove off from the scene.

During the initial investigation, responding officers attempted to pull over the suspects’ vehicle. When officers activated their emergency lights and siren, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop and led officers on a pursuit.

Officers pursued the vehicle for about four minutes, until it lost control, struck the curb and stopped near Summerhill and Jericho in Aurora Township. Multiple people were taken into custody.

An illegal handgun was located inside vehicle.

Soto, of the 200 block of Butterfield Road in Aurora, was arrested and charged in connection to the shooting.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the following charges against Soto:

  • Three Class X Felony counts of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.
  • One Class X Felony count of Armed Violence.
  • Three Class 4 Felony counts of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
  • One Class 4 Felony counts of Manufacturing/Delivering Cannabis.

Diego Rubio

Diego Rubio, 18, of the 600 block of Gladstone Avenue in Aurora, was arrested and charged in
connection to the pursuit that occurred after the shooting.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the following charges against Rubio:

  • One Class 4 Felony count of Aggravated Fleeing of a Police Officer.

In a previous news release, Aurora Police Department officials said the Tuesday shooting may be linked to a Wednesday shooting and subsequent deadly crash near the Fox Valley Mall.

The charges against Soto and Rubio are not proof of guilt. Soto and Rubio are presumed
innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a
reasonable doubt.

SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release

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