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Substitute teacher worked at school while facing attempted murder charge

CICERO, Ill. - An Illinois man who was charged with attempted murder last summer was working as a substitute teacher at a school in Cicero.

Last August, 39-year-old Andres Rodriguez was hired as a substitute teacher and an after school detention monitor at Unity Junior High with the promise of a full-time job in the fall.

Six months after Rodriguez  got his teaching job in Cicero, school officials say they found out that he had been charged with attempted murder and placed him on administrative leave, according to WGN.

He was hired a month after being charged with attempted murder in Tinley Park.

Prosecutors allege Rodriguez was walking in a neighborhood when he got into an altercation with a motorist, pulled out a gun and shot him seven times.  Several of those shots were allegedly fired over the man while he lay in the street.

The man was also armed but didn’t shoot. Both of the men had concealed carry permits at the time of the shooting.

Rodriguez’s lawyer argues that the shooting wasn’t attempted murder but self-defense.

At the time of the shooting, Rodriguez was teaching in Joliet and was placed on administrative leave because of the charges.

The Joliet school district did not know Rodriguez had gotten a new job until last week. He had been collecting paychecks from both districts.

Rodriguez is out on bond awaiting trial.

Cicero District 99 released the following statement: