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Man faces federal charges in fatal Scottsdale shooting

Luis “Snoop” Contreras allegedly gunned down 23-year-old Andre Franzell in a driveway in the 7700 block of South Kilbourn Avenue on Feb 18, 2018.

The Dirksen Federal Courthouse in downtown Chicago.
A federal indictment states that Luis “Snoop” Contreras allegedly carried out the murder to maintain and improve his status in a gang.
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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.

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