One Slipped Through the Cracks

CHICAGO, Illinois – City and State Police in Illinois have joined forces Friday to investigate how a convicted felon and documented gang member acquired a permit to carry a concealed firearm.

The Washington Times reported the investigation was prompted by a shooting on Sept. 10 involving 32-year-old Michael Arquero. According to Chicago police, Arquero was at a taco stand when 18-year-old Louis Rodriguez opened fire from a passing auto, wounding Arquero. The wounded man returned fire, killing Rodriguez.

Officers on scene intervened and at least one opened fire and hit Arquero, police said. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. No officers were injured. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the use of force.

Arquero was charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to police. He was ordered held on $2 million bond.

According to a joint statement from Illinois State Police (ISP) and Chicago Police, Arquero applied for and received a concealed carry permit for the gun that he used in the shooting. But he has a second identity under the name of Michael Trivasano. Under this name, he was a documented gang member and had multiple convictions for gun charges.

This marks the fourth time Arquero has been charged for weapon offenses according to police.

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