U.S. Marshals on Friday arrested a Vernon Hills man who is the second suspect wanted in the murder of a 26-year-old Zion man that occurred in the parking lot of Portillo’s next to Gurnee Mills.
Joey Gonzalez, 25, of Vernon Hills, and Jesse Zumaya, 33, of Hainesville, are both facing charges of second-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge with a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.
Arrest warrants were issued for Gonzalez and Zumaya in May. Zumaya was taken into custody late last month.
The U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force located Gonzalez on Friday and arrested him in Woodridge.
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.
Zumaya was ordered held on a $3 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court next on Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
Gonzalez was also ordered held on a $3 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday for a status of attorney hearing.
Prosecutors in court Saturday indicated a third suspect is being sought in the murder.
Anyone with information on the case 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.