Cops: Oak Park man shot through apartment door

Police searching for two men, one of whom used a gun

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

An Oak Park man was shot, apparently through the door to his apartment in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard, shortly after midnight on Thursday, according to Oak Park Police.

Police did not release the name of the 22-year-old victim, who suffered a gunshot wound to his leg. The police report notes that the victim, who has a history of weapons violations, was shot through the door of his apartment where he lives with relatives after responding to a knock on the door.

He told police that he looked through the peephole of his apartment and saw two men, one of whom demanded entry and began kicking the door. One of the men fired a gun three times through the door, striking the victim in the leg one time.

The victim was transported to Loyola Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Police reportedly canvassed the area but could find no witnesses to the shooting.

Both of the alleged assailants, whom the victim reportedly saw through the peephole of the apartment door, are described as black men. One is reportedly in his late 20s, has a muscular build and was wearing a baseball hat with a straight gray or blue brim. The other man was described as wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Oak Park police at Anonymous tips can be made by calling 708-343-1636 or on the Oak Park Police website at


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OP Rez  

Posted: March 31st, 2014 5:15 PM

Brian, The link I posted is not the one I was initially talking about in regards to Lombard. I'm still looking for the other link which has more concrete data as to the amount of weapons bought from specific suburbs/dealers etc... I posted it last year on another topic, but will have to dig deeper. I talked about how a huge percentage of firearms used in crime originate from certain suburbs.

Winter Skye from Republik of OP  

Posted: March 31st, 2014 3:02 PM

By the way, too bad that apt. didn't have a 'no guns' sticker on the door. I heard that it deflects bullets nicely!

Winter Skye from Republik of Oak Park  

Posted: March 31st, 2014 3:01 PM

Tim, Tim, Tim I...How could you identify the racial descriptors of the perps? Do you realize the depth of RACISM and White privilege oozing from your remarks???! You need your boss Dan to give you a good Wed. Journal re-education ASAP!

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: March 31st, 2014 1:51 PM

@OP Rez: I checked that article and there was no mention of Lombard, Illionis. I will check again. Thanxs

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: March 31st, 2014 1:17 PM

@OP Rez; Thanks for the clear up. Note the Federal Gov. is involved in the incident,which I support. All straw purchases and illegal gun dealers should be held to account, and then some. 300Mil guns into 30K gun crime deaths is .0001%, still to high. I support any reasonable law on the books to be applied. We fought the gun ban for decades, and still no solution,when we should have been fighting this issue.

OP Rez  

Posted: March 31st, 2014 12:17 PM

Regarding straw purchases...

OP Rez  

Posted: March 31st, 2014 12:09 PM

Brian, There was an article last year that cited a dealer in Lombard selling guns to people in the city without FOID cards, and a huge percentage of guns used in gun crimes in the city were traced back to them and a few other dealers (I'll look for the article). I know straw sales are illegal, but they could happen because at one time, those guns we sold to someone legally... The point was, just because there is a legal transaction going on doesn't mean that the gun will stay in legal hands.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: March 31st, 2014 9:48 AM

@ OP rez; You state "mixture of a number of dealers, like Lombard". There are only four gun dealers in Lombard, 1 a national chain. Are you speaking of private transactions? Also, straw purchases of firearms are illegal, since the legal purchaser sells to someone w/o a FOID card. Billboards on I290 proclaim re selling a firearm to someone who should not posses is an offense. I support the use of the felony murder statute in Illinois, any offense resulting in a murder, a murder charge is added.

OP rez  

Posted: March 30th, 2014 1:50 PM

Bill, the "stats" show that a large majority of sale to illegal owners that commit crimes on the west and south side have come from a mixture of a number of dealers from suburbs, like Lombard, and straw purchases. If you have dealers in stores willing to bypass the law, what makes you think dealers at shows are any different. Also, the vast majority of illegal gun were at one time "legal", so you're solution is to add more guns to 300 million already in existence? It's obviously not working.

Bill CRYER from Joke Park  

Posted: March 29th, 2014 1:40 PM

Yeah, there's nothing good ol' boys at gun shows like to do more than private sales to thugs from the West Side of Chicago. Get a clue. The stats show only a very small percentage of guns used in crimes come from private sales (Vendors at gun shows still must conduct background checks.) The gun was likely stolen or a straw purchase. Therefore, ban all guns, right?


Posted: March 29th, 2014 11:00 AM

Ah, Charlton, so you and your buddy think this person whose had previous weapons violations should own a gun... I'm glad you two are not the one's righting the law. And no doubt if the victim had a gun, he could have used his telepathic powers to avoid getting shot by a bullet he had no idea was coming.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: March 28th, 2014 9:27 PM

@ G-G-G-G-Goofball--- It's almost like he bought his gun from a less than reputable gun dealer, perhaps a guy named "Fingaz" or "T-Bone"? Well, yeah, if you ignore the documented fact that "Fingaz" or "T-Bone" quite likely got their piece from someone who bought it at one of the countless 'gun shows' where they couldn't care less who you are or what you want to do with it, so long as you can pay for it.

Charlton Heston's Ghost  

Posted: March 28th, 2014 8:47 PM

I wholeheartedly endorse Wayne LaPierre's comment below.

the dude  

Posted: March 28th, 2014 2:43 PM

Genius, the article says the "victim" has weapon violations, but does not mention him having or firing a gun. The only people firing are the shooters behind the door. I'd be more interested in knowing if the victim is section 8, and if so, how did he gain entry into the village with weapon violations on his record. Are low income residents allowed to rent section 8 if they have a criminal record of violent crime?

G-G-G-GENIUS from Oak Park  

Posted: March 28th, 2014 2:30 PM

Wait, if this man has a history of weapons violations, how did he get a gun. When he applied for his FOID card, he certainly should have been flagged! It's almost like he bought his gun from a less than reputable gun dealer, perhaps a guy named "Fingaz" or "T-Bone"...

the dude  

Posted: March 28th, 2014 2:03 PM

Wayne, Really? How could the victim know that he was going to be shot through the door? After being shot, would he then pull out his Glock and start firing back through the door while laying on the ground? What if the shots didn't hit the attackers and went into someone else's apartment door, striking them of their children? Your logic is so flawed it's scary.

the dude  

Posted: March 28th, 2014 1:58 PM

Violet, I was obviously not saying the shooters are "good people with weapons violations", but that low income opportunities bring the good and the bad. There are no doubt some poor people that are trying to get out of bad areas to provide a better life for their kids, and there are some that mooch off the system and bring with them their gang affiliations and a culture of dysfunction. People don't randomly shoot through doors, so the shooters obviously had beef with the tenant.

Wayne LaPierre  

Posted: March 28th, 2014 7:37 AM

If the victim only had a gun, he could have defended himself.

Violet Janus from Oak park  

Posted: March 28th, 2014 6:31 AM

I am wondering if the dude did not pay for his Girl Scout cookies. Don't make assumptions as we probably all know good people with weapons violations

the dude  

Posted: March 28th, 2014 2:51 AM

Totally scary, but not at all surprising that this happened. At the risk of making assumptions, I would not be surprised to know that this has something to do with gangs, rivalry, drugs... It's common knowledge that people from the west side, south side, projects that have been torn down, have gained entrance to the village via section 8 (there are plenty of good low income people too), possibly with gang ties. Through them into the mix of a different hood, you have dangerous situations.


Posted: March 27th, 2014 11:16 PM

Your headline writer certainly deserves the "No s---, Sherlock" award of the week!


Posted: March 27th, 2014 6:31 PM

More gun violence, YEA!

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