Oak Park police said two men, brothers ages 36 and 37, were shot last night in the parking lot behind an apartment building in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard – the same building where a man was shot through his apartment door around midnight March 27.

Police said the men were shot as they parked their vehicle in the lot behind the building around 9 p.m. Neither man suffered life-threatening wounds.

Police have not determined if the two crimes are related, said a statement from Oak Park Village Spokesman David Powers.

Police arrived on the scene Wednesday night and learned the victims had driven themselves to the emergency room at West Suburban hospital. They told police an unknown man approached on foot and began firing a handgun at them.

The assailant then ran from the parking lot and entered a red minivan driven by a second unknown man. The van quickly left the scene.

One victim, age 36 from Oak Park, was treated for a gunshot wound to his shoulder. The other, a 37-year-old former resident who gave Ottawa as his hometown, suffered a grazing wound to his head. They were treated and released.

In the March 27 incident, the 22-year-old victim, who has a history of weapons violations, was shot through his apartment door after he looked through the door’s peephole and saw two men outside who demanded to come in and kicked the door. They discharged three shots through the door, police said, striking the man inside the apartment on the leg.

Powers said police are increasing patrols and working directly with the owner of the 22-unit building to reassure residents of the building who are not connected to the incidents.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Oak Park police at police@oak-park.us. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 708-343-1636 or on the Oak Park Police website at www.oak-park.us/police.

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Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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