Chicago police and FBI agents say an apartment building in the 2400 block of North Monticello was a bloody crime scene on New Year's Day 2008. Investigators say 32 year old Fernando Palomino went there that day to sell drugs. Investigators say what went down was not a typical drug deal. The FBI's Ross Rice says, "No cocaine was ever seen. We dont think they actually had it. This was actaully a drug rip off."
Thats because agents say when Palomino and his accomplice entered the apartment, they pulled out guns and demanded money. The victims said they had none. That's when the shooting started. Those shots left three people dead, and a fourth injured. Then, the agents say, Palomino and the other gunman took off. The two were reportedly seen getting into a vehicle that was waiting for them on the corner at Fullerton and Monticello. Police records show they took off in either a red or maroon SUV . Palomino is now charged with murder, but he's been on the run for more than two years.
The last solid lead agents had on Palomino was just a few days after the shooting. It was cell phone call he made to his girlfriend here. That call came from Laredo, Texas.
Agents add both Palomino and the other gunmen, Eric Secuondino, may be hiding in the the Chicago area with help from their fellow Spanish Cobra gang members.
Agents say Palomino is described as a Hispanic male, about five feet eight inches tall, weighing around 185 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and is also known by the following names: Fernando Vargas, Tony Vargas and Tony Vasquez
He is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, call police.