Shots fired but no injuries in Oak Park confrontation near Lake St.

One person, perhaps a victim, in police custody

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police are still investigating a shooting that occurred last Wednesday afternoon in an alley south of the 800 block of Lake Street. No arrests have yet been made.

Oak Park Commander LaDon Reynolds said police were able to locate a possible victim after reports came in on June 15 that shots had been fired.

The man was taken in handcuffs from the Suburban Automotive Inc. building, located on the 800 block of North Blvd., which backs up to the Lake Street alleyway. Police also located a single shell casing. Reynolds said there were no reported injuries.

"We have not identified the offender as of yet," said Reynolds. He said police did receive some information from the man in custody. The police summary report stated that the incident occurred at 2:45 p.m. The alleged victim told police he engaged in a verbal altercation with the offender while the offender, a male, was in a vehicle driven by a woman. The male offender reportedly exited the car and displayed a chrome-plated semi-automatic handgun. The victim then fled on foot and heard a single gunshot. The offender fled in an unknown direction.

Police cars converged on the alley shortly after 3 p.m., and minutes later, police escorted a man in handcuffs out of the Suburban Automotive building. While sitting in the back seat of a police car, the man could be heard saying that he was scared because another man had fired shots at him. The man in custody appeared to be uninjured.

An eyewitness to the shooting said the two men had come running down the third floor fire escape of an adjacent apartment building, some 50 feet apart. The eyewitness said the man in custody had been pursued by the shooter, who fired shots, then calmly walked away from the scene, through a parking lot near Suburban Automotive.

Both Oak Park and River Forest police were on the scene, along with unmarked police vehicles. Shortly after the handcuffed man was driven away in a police car, Reynolds asked spectators to step back while officers taped off the area.

"This is a crime scene," he said.

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J.oak park  

Posted: June 29th, 2011 7:42 AM

Two busted for gun sale on Lake Street: from the oak leaves....http://oakpark.suntimes.com/news/6132943-418/two-busted-for-gun-sale-on-lake-street.html

Joe  

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 11:36 PM

@ Mary Ellen Eads from Oak Park...one last question... how simple do you think it is to find the shooter? Apparently you think that everyone cooperates with the cops and tells them all they saw.

Joe  

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 11:24 PM

34 year resident and Mary Ellen Eads...I don't understand you all. You ask where are the police? They are in the photo arresting someone. The Oak Park Leaves quoted a witness saying that police were swarming the place in less than a minute. What else can the police do because I have no idea?

O P Rez  

Posted: June 21st, 2011 6:56 PM

Mary Ellen, Maybe the board should have bullet proof vests and guns and be out there. Would that make you happy. We have a safe community. Nutrods are everywhere. Clearly from the article, the victim wont give him/her up. How exactly do you think they can just get this guy. I think they will.

Mary Ellen Eads from Oak Park   

Posted: June 21st, 2011 6:52 PM

I have to agree with 34 resident, and I no longer walk around by myself after the sun goes down. I find it outrageous that I have to limit my activities solely because of a rise in street crime. And how hard could it be to find the shooter(s) in last week's incident. Nobody saw anything? Please. Yes, where are the police. And where is the endlessly frivolous Village Board.

Hemingway Fan from Oak Park  

Posted: June 21st, 2011 2:16 PM

@ Wide Lawns... Can you provide a source where Hemingway refered to Oak Park the way you describe? Thank you.

34 year resident from Oak Park  

Posted: June 19th, 2011 7:14 PM

I have lived in Oak Park for 34 years and never hesitated to walk my dog late at night or drive around even in the early hours of the morning. THAT IS UNTIL NOW. The attacks against women alone in the village are scary. WHERE ARE THE POLICE? WHAT IS THE VILLAGE BOARD DOING? (Oh, I forgot they are approving resident bee hives at tomorrow's meeting!)

Concerned Villager from OP  

Posted: June 19th, 2011 1:24 PM

So, our Village spends our tax dollars on beautification projects while they can't even keep the streets safe? Handgun violence, open air drug markets, the Oak Park choker...what is the Village doing to stop the rising tide of crime? I see little action...perhaps because they are distracted by irrelevant vanity projects like bluestone walkways, imaginary hotel projects and low income housing. Gt your priorities straight, please!!

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: June 16th, 2011 3:56 PM

I wasn't preaching,Resident. My comment was directed at attempts at humor that missed the mark.

Resident  

Posted: June 16th, 2011 12:52 PM

J Coughlin, Listen to your other poster, Murtagh and please dont preach. This is a forum for all kinds of discussion.

Scott  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 9:09 PM

Great! My condo should sell even faster now that my building made the paper!

opie  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 8:29 PM

And I think it's obviously, Dave, that I don't see it as black and white as you do. Many people don't, but the pendulum is obviously not swinging in our direction right now. You move on.

opie  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 8:28 PM

I guess I'm just impressed that so many people from virginia, texas, even St. Charles! Are so concerned about what happens in Oak Park. The truth is, I don't remember any local outcry against the village when they defended our statute. You win some, you lose some. And the guys with the guns can be pretty nasty when they win, apparently. The comments here are so dang classy.

Dave from Alexandria, VA from Alexandria  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 8:20 PM

Opie, Do you really mean that conservatives should want localities to be able to restrict Constitutionally guaranteed rights, like freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc?

Matt  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 8:10 PM

Hey, Danny from OP, are you really going to argue that there is no correlation between low income residents and higher crime? Seriously? You clearly have no idea what the term "bigotry" means, and it certainly looks like you are not one to let a few silly little facts get in the way of a good argument.

opie  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 8:07 PM

Just because you don't think it's funny doesn't mean it isn't. Also, thanks for not posting nasty comments!

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 6:45 PM

I don't post nasty comments and appreciate a thoughtful and respectful discussion. Comedy is a lot tougher than you think.

opie  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 6:43 PM

Jim, this place stopped being a thoughtful opinion forum months ago. Me, I prefer the humor over the nastiness.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 6:40 PM

Cut out the wisecracks,please. Offer your opinion or paticipate in the discussion but lay off trying to offer a humorous comment.

opie  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 6:37 PM

John, how is Dan being bigoted? And Jamal and Sarah made me laugh. Culver's!

OPRF mom  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 6:35 PM

Hey, we learned from one of the drug forums at OPRF that building is a well known home to crack heads and other addicts. This was according to a former OPRF student and reformed drug addict. Why do we not crack down on the goings on there I suspect this has incident has some relationship to drugs.

ladyd from chgo  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 6:10 PM

i dont know the whole story. crime is in every neighborhood its just that when its a black neighborhood almost everything is reported to the media. you have chilren murdering their entire family all races. you have molestation in the surburban homes how many of them are reported in white and other neighborhoods. you have a mixer of race living right in chgo where society claims high crime. so where do we say all these bugs and other negative things come from. we all at the end of the day go thr

Sarah Jeanette from South Oak Park  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 6:05 PM

This is clearly due to the opening of Culver's in Berwyn. I tried to warn everyone what would happen but no one would listen. Get ready for a lot more of this.

Jamal from Oak Park   

Posted: June 15th, 2011 6:02 PM

These white people be all like guns, guns, guns. Listenin to Motorhead and shooting up alleys.

john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 6:00 PM

Dan -- "You folks like Matt can express their ignorance and bigotry without fear of anybody knowing who they are." Seems to me Dan that you are using the same right that Matt is! A Comment section is about opinions not preaching!

Dan from River Forest  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 5:53 PM

Sorry about misreading the story. The facts about guns are accurate, nonetheless. And the snarky comments continue to come flowing in.. i.e. Matt's well informed comment about the Comcast building and its low income residents. Be thankful Matt, that the vast majority of low-income people are not criminal -- otherwise they'd no doubt get you when you're not looking. Ain't anonymity great -- you folks like Matt can express their ignorance and bigotry without fear of anybody knowing who they are.

Matt  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 5:32 PM

No doubt the new Comcast housing for low income residents will certainly lower crime in the area...oh, wait.

JBK from Oak Park  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 5:31 PM

Dan from RF must have read another account of this story, because this version does not say that BOTH persons had guns. I guess he just needed both parties to have guns to justify his rhetoric about the evils of handguns.

Another OP resident  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 5:15 PM

We aren't a far flung suburb so we have all walks of city life. Typical media WJ goes for big drama stories. Ugh.

Dan from River Forest  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 5:09 PM

Ain't the Internet grand? There's obviously much more to this story than is reported here in such short time, and yet many posters can' t help but make snarky comments. It's damned scary that both of these people had guns. As the research has shown for decades, nothing good can come of allowing hand guns. Confront a crime perpetrator with your hand gun and the odds are that you'll be shot rather than you shooting or chasing off the creep. Fact, not political ideology.

opie  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 5:05 PM

I always shake my head when people say OP is going downhill. A few weeks before we moved here, there was a multiple-murder at the dry cleaner's on Chicago, and a woman was stabbed to death in her apartment (surprised a burglar). The crimes that have happened since then (13 years ago) pale in comparison. I realize that isn't a super-high standard, but in overall crime index (last bar chart), it seems we are pretty close to average: http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Oak-Park-Illinois.html

P Kersey  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 4:59 PM

Perhaps the citizens are fed up and sick and tired of being victims.

Wide lawns, narrow minds no more from People's Republic of Oak Park  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 4:57 PM

Whatever became of the quaint town that Hemmingway described as having "wide lawns and narrow minds"? I once thought that the "World's largest village," was a contemplative place of tranquility and peace. It is seeming more and more sinister and ruthless.

NRA4Evah!  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 4:52 PM

Let's hear it for handguns in OP! Hip, hip, Hurrah!

Jean  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 4:30 PM

So if he wasn't the shooter, why was he in handcuffs?

Phil of Ideas  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 4:12 PM

The Constitution in living color in OP!

j.oak park  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 4:00 PM

bummer.

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