A man and woman were dragged out of their car and shot in Chicago’s Humboldt Park on Saturday, leaving one dead and the other critically injured, a shocking video of the incident revealed.
The attack occurred following the city’s 43rd Annual Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade, which attracts people from across the country and Puerto Rico. In the video shared on Twitter, a mob is seen surrounding the driver’s side door of the vehicle, which was flying the Puerto Rican flag.
Simultaneously, the crowd of men duck and disperse, likely due to a gunshot. A woman who was inside the vehicle collapses onto the ground as the man from the car bends over her lifeless body. One of the men in the mob is then seen shooting the male victim in the back before fleeing the scene on foot.
The footage also shows a pool of blood forming under the woman’s head as the male victim rolls over onto the ground.
According to CBS2, the incident occurred around 9:15 p.m. The victims, 24-year-old Gyovanni Arzuaga and 25-year-old Yasmin Perez, were ambushed by at least three males on the 3200 block of West Division Street, Chicago police said.
The male victim was transported to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The female victim was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was described as in critical condition after sustaining a gunshot wound in the neck, officials said, ABC7 reported.
“You see that second suspect clearly just holding a gun, shooting him in the head almost execution-style,” said Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan, referencing the footage of the brutal attack.
ABC 7 reported that the video, which was originally captured on a city camera and then recorded again with a cell phone, was released without officials’ permission. It is unclear who accessed the footage, recorded it and shared it online.
Chicago police said Area Five detectives are conducting the investigation into the deadly incident. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the attack “horrific” and said finding the murderer is a top priority for city law enforcement.
“The fact that that happened in our city, and so many individuals stood around and seemingly were trying to take advantage of this moment is a horrific statement,” Mayor Lightfoot said.
The shooting comes just days after Lightfoot issued a public declaration that racism is a public health emergency, allowing the city to allocate almost $10 million in COVID-19 relief funds to anti-racism efforts, the Washington Times reported.