A 24-year-old Chicago man is thought to have shot his girlfriend by accident while trying to fend off a swarm of people, and was killed himself by one of the attackers.
The entire incident took place during the popular Puerto Rican Day parade.
According to authorities, Gyovanni Arzuaga, 24, and Yasmin Perez, 25, were driving with two friends in the backseat around 9 p.m. June 19 when they got into a fender-bender with the vehicle in front of them.
At this point, police say a “swarm” of people attacked, “punching and trying to pull them out of the car,” all of which was caught on surveillance video.
There was then a gunshot, which hit Perez in the neck. Arzuaga was then pulled out of the car and shot in the head execution-style by Anthony Lorenzi, 34, officials said.
Graphic video of the shooting began popping up online within hours of the shooting and police began receiving several tips identifying Arzuaga’s shooter as Lorenzi, who left for San Diego the morning after the shooting, Chicago Sun Times reported.
Officials said the bullet that killed Perez “more than likely” came from a .40 caliber gun inside the car, which was recovered from Arzuaga.
A shell casing matching the gun was found and officials said they are performing ballistics tests to confirm.
Chicago Police Department Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told the Sun Times, “Everything points to — once again, more than likely — that [Arzuaga] discharged that firearm, accidentally, causing that gunshot wound (to Perez). But “this individual in custody — Lorenzi — he is the one responsible for this death. There is nobody else responsible.”
Authorities said they are still looking for an unspecified number of other possible suspects in connection with the case.