A father and son were shot early morning, May 11, in what Oak Park police believe was an attempted home invasion.
At 1:50 a.m., an intruder smashed the window of a door to the victims’ home in the 200 block of Clinton Avenue, waking the father, 58, and his son, 20.
The intruder fired several shots through the door’s broken window upon hearing the father say he was going to call the police. Shots struck the father in his shoulder and the son in his buttocks.
Celeste Gonzalez, who lives across the street from the victims, said she and her sister were watching TV when the shooting happened; their TV room looks out onto the front of the victims’ house.
“I didn’t hear anything, but my sister said it sounded like quiet firecrackers,” Gonzalez said.
Neither Gonzalez nor her sister saw the intruder. When she looked out the window, she saw police cars pulling up to the home.
“I saw the son and father being put on the ambulance,” Gonzalez said.
The father and son were transported to Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. 1st Ave., Maywood, for treatment; neither sustained life-threatening injuries.
Oak Park police did not speak with the Gonzalez family about the incident.
“I think they might have spoken to the neighbors on the other side,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez and the son are the same age, but she said they aren’t close friends; their families have lived by each other for around 12 years. She spoke with his mother later that morning.
“I talked to her briefly this morning and was very shocked and shaken up. It’s kind of scary because we don’t know why it happened.,” Gonzalez said. “It’s all very weird.”
Police have no description of the intruder.
This story has been updated to include comments from the victims’ neighbor.