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Police release video of man wanted in murder of Chicago Police Officer Luis Huesca

Person of interest sought in shooting that killed CPD Officer Luis Huesca
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CHICAGO (CBS) -- Police on Monday evening released surveillance photos and video of a man wanted in the shooting that killed Chicago Police Officer Luis Huesca outside his home in the Gage Park neighborhood over the weekend.

The man is shown in a convenience store just before 10 p.m. the night of the shooting. He buys something and walks out.

About an hour later, video shows man in a different outfit at a convenience store. He buys a water bottle.

After the time of the shooting, police released video of a man they said was the same man walking down the street.

Police did not call the man a suspect. Instead, they were looking to identify him in connection with the shooting, but police did say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

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CBS 2 News also has obtained video from a neighbor who lives near where Huesca's car was found abandoned. The video shows officers examining pieces of clothing that appear to match what the person is wearing in the surveillance video released by police.

Police said they could not confirm if the clothing has any connection to the person in the surveillance video, citing the ongoing investigation.

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Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 5500 block of South Kedzie Avenue just before 3 a.m. Sunday. After touring the area, officers drove to the 3100 block of West 56th Street about a block away, where Officer Huesca, 30, was found outside with gunshot wounds.

Police Supt. Larry Snelling said Sunday that Huesca was returning home from his shift when he was shot multiple times. Huesca was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died.

Huesca was off duty, but in uniform, at the time of the shooting.

"It's a tremendous loss," said Pastor Matt Foley of St. Simon Chapel of St. Gall Parish in Gage Park, "because was one of our own - a young man who grew up here, a young man who lived here, and most importantly, a young man who's leaving a mourning mother behind."

Pastor Foley described Huesca as someone who wanted to make the world a better place, and who loved to play soccer in his spare time.

"He reminded me sometimes of just an innocent and healthy young man," said Father Foley. "He enjoyed playing sports. He also enjoyed serving – and he was a really good friend."

Huesca's family said he died just two days shy of his 31st birthday.

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A memorial of candles lined the driveway leading up to the officer's home Monday. A bullet hole in the garage is another indication of the violence that took place.

Mayor Johnson said he visited with the family gathered at Huesca's home on Sunday.

"I talked to the family – that's where I spent my time, and of course, I did spend time with the officers who are all impacted by this. To see one of our fallen officers' body lay as the family was preparing to go into the morgue – it's one of the most difficult things I've ever done," Mayor Johnson said Monday. "I show up every day for the people of Chicago, and I know that people know that. And I know the family knows that. I spent time with the family, because that's what a mayor does."

Others brought by flowers and food as they came to Huesca's home. One of the visitors was the mother of Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso, who was also shot and killed in Gage Park about one year ago.

Vásquez Lasso was responding to a domestic violence call.

Police have not said if anyone is in custody in shooting that killed Officer Luis Huesca 02:38

At the time, Officer Huesca paid tribute to Vásquez Lasso in a memorial video. Just over a year later, Vásquez Lasso's mother, Rocio Lasso, paid tribute to Huesca.

In Spanish, she described how the emotions of the day are overwhelming.

Vásquez Lasso's mother said she has not had the strength to attend ongoing court proceedings after her son's death – but her daughter does go. Her daughter told her she saw Officer Huesca in court every time she went.

Also Monday, detectives towed away the officer's car from an alley about six blocks from his home. They also found some items of clothing from a nearby yard.

Detectives have not yet determined whether Officer Huesca was carjacked.

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