It is a scary thing to read about two teens shooting at another teen outside a school in the middle of Oak Park. But readers of OakPark.com, our website, saw that story last Thursday morning. First, we are grateful that the shot was errant and that the intended victim suffered only a head bump from an earlier fight with the shooters.
Second, while it has been a disquieting week on the crime front — this shooting, a trio of armed robberies — we urge, as always, perspective. Crime is consistently down in Oak Park and River Forest. And by consistent, we mean year after year.
Such perspective admittedly doesn't mean much if a shooting is near your home, if you know someone who has been a crime victim. For the rest of us? Steady, thoughtful concern.