A Hainesville man is being held on a $3 million bond after being charged in the murder of a 26-year-old Zion man that occurred in the parking lot of Portillo’s next to Gurnee Mills in November.
Jesse Zumaya, 33, of Hainesville, was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge with a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.
An arrest warrant was issued for Zumaya in May and he was taken into custody last Tuesday, records show.
The charges stem from a shooting that occurred around 2:10 p.m. on November 27 near the Portillo’s, 6102 West Grand Avenue in Gurnee.
A 911 caller reported to police dispatchers that approximately 8-10 shots were fired in the area and someone was down on the ground, according to fire radio traffic.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said that a good Samaritan administered first aid to the victim, Jonathan Denicolas, 26, of Zion, before police and paramedics arrived.
Denicolas was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in critical condition.
The man later died from his injuries. The coroner’s office said he sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
Covelli said that the offenders involved in the shooting fled the scene prior to police arrival.
At least two bystanders reported their vehicles had been struck by the gunfire.
The Lake County Major Crime Task Force was activated to assist the Gurnee Police Department in the investigation.
Covelli told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that investigators believe Denicolas was targeted and the shooting was not a random act.
Police indicated Zumaya was not the only suspect involved and that the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Gurnee Police Department at 847-599-7000.
Those with information can also submit an anonymous tip with Lake County CrimeStoppers at 847-662-2222 or by visiting www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com.
Zumaya was ordered held on a $3 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court next on August 25 for a preliminary hearing.