HUMBOLDT PARK — A recent shooting that left a 36-year-old man dead and his 7-year-old daughter wounded may have been a case of mistaken identity, according to Officer Craig Mallek with the Shakespeare Police District.
After an unrelated CAPS meeting Wednesday evening, Mallek told Block Club the man — Fermin Cisneros, of the 2500 block of North Central Park — was registered as a member of the Orchestra Albany gang, but that his family told police that he hadn’t been involved with the gang in a while.
Mallek also noted that the Orchestra Albany gang doesn’t have turf where the shooting occurred, in the 1300 block of North Rockwell Avenue.
“The fact that someone was hit that didn’t appear to be involved in gang activity in a while. … that’s concerning,” Mallek said.
The fatal shooting happened just after 3 a.m. Feb. 9.
Cisneros was driving back from a family party with his wife and seven-year-old daughter when they heard shots from behind them, according to police.
Cisneros was hit in the head and his daughter was grazed by a bullet, according to Mallek.
“The bullet didn’t penetrate her skin,” he said.
Cisneros’ wife was not hit.
“Your companion is not only shot and is dead, your daughter is hit and screaming. It’s a horrible situation all the way around,” Mallek said.
Both Cisneros and his daughter were taken to Stroger Hospital. Cisneros died from his injuries around 3:45 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. His daughter was treated and released.
Mallek said the Humboldt Park area where the shooting occurred has seen some conflicts with the Maniac Latin Disciples gang lately, but that this is the first fatal shooting the area has seen in a while.
“There’s been shootings here and there, no one’s been hit and no one’s been killed,” he said.
No one was in custody as of Wednesday evening. Detectives are continuing to investigate.