Police say an early morning incident where neighbors reported hearing shots fired Tuesday morning in the 1100 block of South East Avenue was “not a random act.”

“We have information that leads us to believe this is not random,” said Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds.

Oak Park police responded around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday morning after residents called 911 to report hearing seven gunshots.

A witness told police she observed an unknown man in a Chevy Malibu parked on the west side of the street shortly before the shots were heard. Police at the scene recovered several shell casings. Bullets struck at least one parkway tree, according to a witness.

“We are increasing police presence in the area while we continue to peel back the layers of this investigation,” Reynolds said.

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Jean Lotus

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