Police: Insult provokes shooting in Aurora

  • Abelardo Ramos faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most severe charges.

    Abelardo Ramos faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most severe charges.

Updated 3/18/2019 5:34 PM

A 26-year-old Aurora man has been charged with shooting a man twice in the leg Sunday night after the man insulted his girlfriend.

Abelardo Ramos is charged with two counts of felony aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the case, which Aurora police said began when a 23-year-old man from Rolling Meadows arrived at a home on the 100 block of South Lincoln Avenue on the city's near east side.


Police said the man made a disparaging remark to Ramos' girlfriend, who then told Ramos of the insult. Ramos, while brandishing a pistol, confronted the man and the two fought. During the struggle, the Rolling Meadows man was shot twice in the leg, police said.

Aurora Sgt. William Rowley declined to elaborate on the insult.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene at 10:38 p.m. and authorities recovered an HK 9 mm pistol and arrested Ramos; the Rolling Meadows man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his wounds and released, authorities said.

Ramos' bail was set Monday at $100,000, meaning he must post $10,000 to be released while the case is pending. He is next due in court on Friday.

If convicted of the most severe charges, Ramos faces a punishment of six to 30 years in prison with no chance of probation; additional state penalties also are possible.

Police said Ramos held a valid Firearm Owner's Identification card, as well as a concealed carry permit. As part of the investigation and according to state law, Aurora police have submitted a Clear and Present Danger report to the Illinois State Police with a request that both be revoked.

State police will make the final determination on whether to revoke Ramos' FOID and concealed carry permit.

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