Gang shooting in Stone Park leads to chase and crash in River Forest

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

River Forest officers said an alleged gang shooting altercation in Stone Park, early on the morning of April 7, led to two vehicles chasing each other eastbound on North Avenue. Police said one driver lost control, causing his vehicle to leave the roadway and hit several trees and poles around 4 a.m. in the 7500 block on North Avenue.

According to reports, police at the accident scene found the damaged vehicle empty but learned four occupants had fled the vehicle. One man, an 18-year-old from Stone Park found injured nearby, was transported to the hospital because his injuries, according to a press release from River Forest Deputy Chief James O'Shea.

Officers reportedly recovered a loaded handgun and spent shell casings from another weapon in the damaged vehicle.

Investigation revealed that the incident stemmed from a gang-related disturbance in Stone Park in which several shots were exchanged by rival gang members, according to the River Forest police. The two rival groups then chased each other eastbound down North Avenue until the accident occurred. The second car and its occupants were not located by police.

The driver of the damaged car, a 19-year-old from Berkeley, turned himself in to River Forest police several hours later. The injured man and driver were both charged with unlawful use of a weapon and no valid FOID card. The driver was additionally charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident, plus various traffic offenses.

River Forest police said the Stone Park Police Dept. was independently investigating the earlier gang conflict in their jurisdiction and additional charges might be filed.

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muriel schnierow from Oak Park  

Posted: April 15th, 2013 11:55 AM

We must stop the trafficking of guns with or without immediate results. handguns in the home work only if the paroled felon doesnt put you in a choke hold. and why are there so many paroled felons? not a mention of the parole boards or prison review boards. noet a mention of the dangers of psychopaths and the need to understand the disorder.and the need for long sentences if not life.


Posted: April 15th, 2013 10:12 AM

What's the over/under for red light camera violations during a car chase on North Ave thru Melrose Park?

preventive gun control   

Posted: April 15th, 2013 10:05 AM

To RF Achievement, Do you really think that is going to work with stupid, brain-dead, lawless, violet criminals? I would say impose the Death Penalty. ...Wait, Texas has it and it uses it very often. Ever wonder why violent crime has not stopped in Texas?

Marty from OP  

Posted: April 15th, 2013 9:45 AM

Violet, it says shooting in Stone Park led to two cars chasing each other east down North Ave. One driver lost control leading to s crash.

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 14th, 2013 7:25 PM

Jim, if you look at the placement of the info, it says there was an altercation (shooting) in Stone Park and the driver lost control in RF. So the implication is that the driver was shot and it caused him to lose control. Otherwise, why have one fact follow the other? In any case, stay classy, Stone Park, stay classy... :/

Jim A from Oak Park  

Posted: April 13th, 2013 2:54 PM

@ Violet - Article never said the driver was on one shot. If you read twice, you would see the driver of the crashed car...turned himself later. The person injured, at the scene was a passenger. Not sure how u missed this if your read it twice. BTW -- I agree with other posts. Need to get the crime to fit, gangs with guns, start to get to the supply of these illegal guns.

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 13th, 2013 1:44 PM

I have read this story several times. If the shooting occurred in Stone Park, then how did the driver "lose control" if RF?! Stone Park is all the way at Wolf Road or so, correct? This must have happened close to Lathrop and North Ave.

Bruce W. from Oak Park  

Posted: April 13th, 2013 1:24 PM

Guns and Gangs, now that is a new one! Yes...if we want to actually do something that will make a difference, we need to stop the flow of Illegal weapons to known criminals. There is a huge under ground market.....and no one if focused on this. Look, all the killings in Chicago -- all from non identified weapons (black market). So yes, the State needs to focus on these gangs making money by providing and trafficing in guns. If you get caught with one, after using in crime 10 years seems ok.

Hope - Oak Park  

Posted: April 13th, 2013 11:32 AM

Yes - this is the way to begin to get in front of the problem. Not leading from behind --navel looking! This State and our Sen. Harmon should lead this effort. Put the teeth into the real problem - Gangs and Guns! There is a string of illegal supply of the guns....and this is what is fueling the gangs - both in terms of Profits and Ability. The only question that needs to be answered, Sen Harmon....when are you going to Step up and Lead?

RF Achievement  

Posted: April 13th, 2013 10:52 AM

This is what Gun Control should be about... A known gang member, involved in a shooting, illegal gun and no registration. Automatic 10 years of HARD labor. Want the sentence reduced....start feeding VALID information to provide police to go UP the chain, that begins to Root out the Illegal Gun supply. Only way to BEGIN to stem the tide. We need to begin to TAKE our country back.

Gangs are terrorists  

Posted: April 12th, 2013 4:20 PM

Charged with "unlawful use of a weapon and no FOID card"? How about charging them as URBAN TERRORISTS!

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