Marcos Salas, 36, a Latino man, was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting near Aragon and Roseview avenues in Cypress Park at about noon Thursday, Feb. 21. Salas was holding the hand of his 2-year-old granddaughter when he was shot mulitple times by persons in a passing car, police said. The girl was not hit nor did she suffer any major injuries, authorities said.
Police gave this account of what followed: Officers from the Northeast Division pulled over a white Nissan sedan near the intersection of Drew Street and Estara avenues. Three men got out and began shooting; one of those men was Daniel Leon, 22, who was armed with an AK-47 rifle. The officers fired back, killing Leon and injuring another man; he was taken to a local hospital and was being held for allegedly killing Salas. A third suspect fled on foot, but was later found underneath a vehicle. He was arrested on suspicion of murder, authorities said. The fourth man fled in the white Nissan and is still at large. All three men were members of the Avenues gang, police said.