Two guns were found at the Belmont Cragin home of a man who was shot by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent early Monday on the Northwest Side, authorities said.
The allegation surfaced as immigration activists rallied Tuesday outside the home in the 6100 block of West Grand to decry the growing fear in Chicago’s Latino community as a result of the raid and its target, which remains unclear.
A law enforcement source said Tuesday that federal agents recovered the gun that they say the 53-year-old pointed at them as they tried to serve an arrest warrant for his 23-year-old son. Another weapon was found inside the home, the source said. The man’s family says he was unarmed.
His son, who was born in the U.S., was questioned about his citizenship before being released without charges about nine hours after the raid, according to family attorney Thomas Hallock.
The son has a pending felony weapon charge stemming from a February arrest near the home, though it’s unclear whether Monday’s raid was connected to that. He is scheduled to appear for that case in Cook County court on Wednesday.
The wounded man and his wife came to Chicago from Mexico more than 25 years ago and are legal residents, Hallock said. The other six people who were home at the time of the shooting, including three children, are U.S.-born citizens, he said.
At Tuesday’s rally, Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) said a CPD captain told him that city officers knew ICE agents would be in the area, but had no part in the raid until they responded to the shooting. Since then, his office has been flooded with hundreds of calls from residents concerned about immigration agents coming to their door, Villegas said.
“People talking about, ‘Am I next? What can I do?’ And I don’t have an answer for them, other than to know they have rights,” Villegas said. “The coincidence of what’s going on in Washington, D.C., and what’s happening here, I don’t like it.”
The shooting showed what can happen “when ICE agents are unshackled,” said Sophie Vodvarka, communications coordinator for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
“You do not have to open the door unless an ICE agent has a warrant signed by a judge dated in the last six months,” Vodvarka said.
Special agents were trying to arrest someone when another person pointed a weapon at the agents, and one agent opened fire, according to ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok. He declined to release more details on Tuesday.
The 53-year-old was shot in the arm and taken to Stroger Hospital, according to Chicago Police. He is expected to be released from the hospital later this week and will likely face criminal charges, Hallock said.
Chicago Police are investigating the shooting, as is the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility.