Dying man breaks ‘no snitch’ code, accuses friend from gang
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
As Vince Hernandez lay dying from a gunshot wound to the head, he broke the “no snitch’’ code that prevails amongst gang members.
Even more surprising, Hernandez told a pair of Chicago police officers he knew, he was allegedly gunned down by a friend and member of the same 2-6 street gang, a police report states.
“Hey Gus, Bob, it was one of my own f---ing boys. It was Donte,” Hernandez, 30, said while in the 4700 block of South Damen, according to the police report.
Donte Streety, 23, was arrested a few minutes later as he walked northbound on Damen a block away, officials said. Streety, of the 4300 block of South Honore, was ordered held without bail Wednesday on first-degree murder charges.
It was unclear what prompted the shooting, but Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Piwowarczyk said Streety was meeting with Hernandez in Hernandez’s car when the shots were fired.
Streety shot Hernandez multiple times in the neck, hip and shoulder, Piwowarczyk said.
Hernandez, of the 6100 block of South Nashville, tried to exit his car, but fell down, his foot still hanging inside, Piwowarczyk said.
When police arrived on the scene, Hernandez told them “his boy Donte” had shot him in a “dying declaration,” prosecutors said.
Witnesses said Streety showed them his revolver when they questioned him about the gunfire they had just heard, Piwowarczyk said.
Streety has two pending gang-related cases and was expected to appear in court on Thursday for one of them, according to court records.