Federal murder charges have been filed against an alleged gang member who fatally shot a man and wounded another last year in Scottsdale on the Southwest Side.
Luis “Snoop” Contreras, 39, an alleged member of the Latin Saints gang, is charged with a count of murder in aid of racketeering, a count of attempted murder in aid of racketeering and two counts of illegally possessing firearms and ammunition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois said .
A grand jury indictment was unsealed Wednesday, prosecutors said.
Contreras allegedly gunned down 23-year-old Andre Franzell in a driveway in the 7700 block of South Kilbourn Avenue on Feb 18, 2018, according to prosecutors and Chicago police. He also allegedly wounded a man with a gunshot wound to the foot.
A federal indictment states that Contreras allegedly carried out the murder to maintain and improve his status in a gang. Contreras also allegedly illegally possessed a semiautomatic rifle, a 9mm Glock pistol and four .22 caliber cartridges, prosecutors said.
If convicted, the murder charge is punishable by a mandatory sentence, and the death penalty is also possible, prosecutors said.
An arraignment has not been scheduled.