A SWAT team arrested a gunman in Harvard after he allegedly fired a gun at a woman, endangering her and bystanders, on the Woodstock Square late Thursday evening.
Erick Gomez-Rubi, 23, of Harvard, was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb said an altercation took place between Gomez-Rubi and the victim in the 200 block of North Benton Street in Woodstock around 10:40 p.m. Thursday.
Gomez-Rubi pointed a gun at the victim before fleeing the scene to his parked car, Lieb said.
Gomez-Rubi drove back to the area of Benton Street and Judd Street where he re-engaged in the altercation with the victim.
Lieb said Gomez-Rubi again pointed the gun at the victim before discharging a single round.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court alleges Gomez-Rubi fired the gun “in a reckless manner” at the female victim.
The discharge of the gun placed the woman and other bystanders “in danger of great bodily harm,” the complaint said.
No one was injured during the shooting.
“It is believed that this incident occurred between two individuals who were known to each other, and with this arrest, there is no perceptible increased level of threat to the general public,” Lieb said.
Gomez-Rubi does not have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card or concealed carry license.
Gomez-Rubi allegedly fled the scene before officers arrived and went to his residence in the 1000 block of Joshua Tree in Harvard.
Lieb said officers from the Harvard Police Department observed the suspect vehicle, followed it and observed Gomez-Rubi flee into a residence.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the McHenry County SWAT Team, Harvard Police Department and Woodstock Police Department responded to the scene.
Gomez-Rubi was eventually taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Woodstock Police Department.
The Woodstock Police Department Investigations Division continued the investigation and worked with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Gomez-Rubi was charged and transported to the McHenry County Jail.
Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information that could assist is asked to call the Woodstock Police Department Investigations Division at 815-338-2131.
“The Woodstock Police Department wishes to thank all of the law enforcement agencies who were invaluable in assisting the Woodstock Police Department in quickly resolving this crime and returning Woodstock to the peaceful community it is,” Lieb said.
Court records show Gomez-Rubi was out on bond at the time of the shooting.
He had been arrested on Monday after police found him with a gun in a vehicle along with 40 grams of cannabis on Sheila Street in Woodstock, court documents said.
He was released Tuesday after someone posted 10% of his $15,000 bond.
Gomez-Rubi has not appeared for an initial court hearing yet in his new case.