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FBI informant on tape hugging man before shooting him: prosecutors

Eugene Andrews / phofrom Chicago Police

Eugene Andrews / photo from Chicago Police

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Updated: May 24, 2014 6:30AM

An FBI informant was caught on surveillance video shooting a man he embraced just seconds before he opened fire in an East Garfield Park alley over the weekend, Cook County prosecutors said.

Eugene Andrews, a parolee who is a registered confidential FBI informant on drug cases, was identified as the gunman by his handler — an FBI agent, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Glen Runk said.

Andrews, 37, was caught on tape walking up to Darren Ray on Saturday and giving him a hug in the 2900 block of West Flournoy, Runk said.

Andrews then drove his car into an alley near the same location while Ray, 42, followed on foot, Runk said.

At some point, Andrews got out of his car, pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot Ray twice, Runk said.

Ray was seen on video putting his hands in the air before the shooting, prosecutors said.

Andrews, who was wearing a hat, dark jacket and jeans, was arrested three hours later roughly a half mile from the shooting, Runk said.

He allegedly was in the same car with distinctive black rims that he was in prior to the murder, Runk said.

Eight people were murdered and 37 wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend.

Andrews was arrested in 1999 on three counts of attempted murder. He was convicted in 2003 and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was paroled on Dec. 31, 2012.

He also has convictions for illegal weapon possession, drugs and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Judge James Brown ordered Andrews, of the 2400 block of West Lexington, held without bond Tuesday.

Andrews is being held in protective custody in the Cook County Jail because of his status as a federal informant. He is expected to be returned to state prison for violating parole on his attempted murder conviction.

Andrews has a tattoo of the Grim Reaper on his lower right arm, a dragon tail on his left arm and a dragon head on his chest, according to a police report.

Contributing: Frank Main


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