Man shot at Chicago Ave. BP gas station, vehicular hijacking occurs days later nearby

Oak Park police investigating Saturday night shooting, Monday evening carjacking

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Police Department is releasing few details on a shooting that occurred on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 11 at the BP gas station at 100 Chicago Ave.

Oak Park Police Officer Michael Lepczynski said the victim was a Chicago resident.

The man was conducting business in the gas station at about 8 p.m., when another man pulled up and "exited his vehicle and shot him – he took a round in the leg," Lepczynski said.

He could not confirm whether the shooting was gang related and would not give the make and model of the vehicle or any other details about the shooting.

"The rest of it is under investigation," Lepczynski said.

Oak Park police also reported that a few blocks away on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7:55 p.m., the driver of a silver 2017 Kia Forte was carjacked. The incident took place in the 100 block of Iowa.

A man wearing a black ski mask, black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans approached the vehicle, tapped on the window, displayed a silver revolver and ordered the driver to exit.

The man was described as black, between 5-foot 10-inches and 6-foot tall, with a medium build.

And another man with the same description but wearing blue instead of black jeans, displayed a silver revolver and entered the passenger side of the vehicle. The two left the scene westbound in the stolen vehicle.


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John H. Wilharm III  

Posted: February 16th, 2017 9:12 PM

Mr. Carrier - I do not intend to be snarky. The OP I know is full of love and tolerance. I don't understand why anyone would kill anyone here.

Chris Carrier  

Posted: February 16th, 2017 5:02 PM

Mr. Wilharm, I always see your pasted-in snarky comment on any violent crime-related story but I note it's conspicuously missing from the recent WJ report that included a chart showing a dramatic downward trend in Oak Park crime since 1990. Of course, that was a report using meaningful data as opposed to one-off incidents that confirm your self-satisfied bias.

Paul R. Murphy  

Posted: February 16th, 2017 3:31 PM

No one is getting shot at a BP borderlining River Forest. It's called common sense, let's try using it sometime.

Brian Chang  

Posted: February 16th, 2017 10:06 AM

Perhaps it is time to consider additional investments in our police department (more manpower)? Given the worrisome increase in gun violence in Chicago, I fear this problem will only get worse.

Natalie Stein  

Posted: February 16th, 2017 8:52 AM

The station is at Chicago Ave and Taylor , two blocks west of Austin. Considering the crime in Oak Park and that area as there was a shooting at that station or nearby just a few weeks ago, a robbery at 7Eleven a block away, Domino's a block from 7Eleven and a robbery at the laundromat half a block from Austin one would expect more police presence. I agree with Mr. Bowers that some here are clueless having a false sense of safety but, those concerned cannot force more police patrols. I understand businesses have asked for cameras to be installed at Chicago and Austin where criminals can flee back into Chicago but, were told that was an invasion of privacy which seems absurd as there are security cameras everywhere both public and private. I also have observed many in Oak Park seem to feel that crime is just expected as Austin is a poor area and they come into the more affluent Oak Park . That mindset is also a problem and, is unlikely to change unless they personally are affected.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: February 16th, 2017 8:49 AM

Right, James, that's the number one thing I always feared about living next to a high crime neighborhood- cluelessness. Right after gangs and guns and poverty and a dozen other societal ills.

James Bowers from Chicago  

Posted: February 15th, 2017 11:41 PM

This is why we Austin residents fear Oak Parkers. No, not because of the violence that you bring to our community, but because of your cluelessness.

John H. Wilharm III  

Posted: February 15th, 2017 6:52 PM

How can this be happening in the OP? We are a community of tolerance and love.

Cristina LoCelso  

Posted: February 15th, 2017 6:35 PM

I believe the BP there referring to is located on Chicago Ave near Austin.

Luke Miller  

Posted: February 15th, 2017 4:58 PM

They should specify which Chicago Ave BP. There is also one at Chicago and Harlem.

Mike Hanline  

Posted: February 15th, 2017 4:36 PM

"The man was conducting business in the gas station at about 8 p.m..." Well, that certainly sounds shady...

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