Aurora cops release more details on drug-related shootings
Two Aurora teens charged in connection with a Monday night shooting on the city's west side were with groups of men that planned to rob each other of marijuana and money, police said Friday.
Antonio Isais, 18, of the 200 block of St. Josephs Street, and Jordy Arreola, 17, of the 600 block of North Avenue, each have been charged with attempted murder and attempted armed robbery, Aurora police said.
According to police, the groups Isais and Arreola belonged to met about 10 p.m. Monday on the 2000 block of Coral Avenue under the guise of negotiating a deal for marijuana.
The meeting soon turned violent and numerous gunshots were exchanged, seriously injuring Isais and a 20-year-old man who was with Arreola.
Both of the wounded men still were undergoing treatment Friday at an Aurora hospital, officials said.
Police say the preliminary investigation found that Isais and at least two other men had come up with a plan to rob Arreola before the meeting took place. Arreola, meanwhile, enlisted the help of at least two of his friends to rob Isais' group, authorities said.
At least one member of each group was armed when the meeting started.
When the two groups arrived in separate vehicles on Coral, police said, Isais entered the vehicle occupied by Arreola and his associates.
Then an armed member of Isais' group apparently approached the vehicle and demanded drugs and cash.
Shots were fired, and several individuals from both groups fled on foot, police said. More shots were fired as the offenders ran.
Isais was shot twice in the back as he ran. He was driven to the hospital by one of his associates.
The 20-year-old, who suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder, was found by police officers in a yard on the 1000 block of Adobe Drive. He was taken to the hospital by Aurora Fire Department paramedics.
Two guns were recovered at the scene, authorities said.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and further charges are probable.
While Arreola is a juvenile, he is charged as an adult due to the serious nature of the alleged crimes, officials said. He is being held in the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center.
Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora police at (630) 256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000.