No Bail for Chicago Man Charged With Shooting at Acquaintance, Postal Carrier

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

A Chicago man will remain in jail after he allegedly wounded an acquaintance and shot at a postal carrier during an incident on the Northwest Side earlier this month.

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Caleb Del Toro, 24, was ordered held without bail during a hearing Wednesday afternoon, following his arrest on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and resisting an officer.

The shooting occurred on July 1 at approximately 1:38 p.m. in the 2000 block of North Keystone Avenue, according to Cook County prosecutors.

At that time, a 28-year-old man and his wife were walking into their home after parking their car outside their residence. As they walked, the man realized he’d left his house keys in the car and turned around to retrieve them.

As he did so, Del Toro allegedly drove his BMW past the man northbound on Keystone, then opened the driver’s side door and fired five shots at the man, striking him once in the stomach and grazing his arm.

A second victim, who works as a postal carrier, was delivering mail in the area at the same time. Prosecutors said one of the shots struck a canister of pepper spray he was carrying, causing it to explode onto him, though he did not experience any serious injuries.

Prosecutors said surveillance footage showed Del Toro’s vehicle in the area both before and after the shooting. The shooting itself was also captured on video.

The man who was shot was transported to the hospital and survived his injuries. According to prosecutors, he identified Del Toro in a photo lineup, saying his face was “clearly visible” to him at the time of the shooting, and adding that he has known Del Toro for around 10 years.

The man also told police officers that after the shooting, he received a phone call from Del Toro, who apologized for the shooting, according to prosecutors.

Del Toro was arrested Monday at his place of work and allegedly resisted police.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Cook County Judge Mary Catherine Marubio said Del Toro “presents a danger to the community,” and added that the postal carrier was “fortunate” to have not suffered any serious injuries.

Del Toro is due back in court on July 21.

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