Oak Park police responded to two separate shootings in one week. The first occurred Tuesday, June 2, when a 25-year-old Chicago man suffered wounds to his arm and leg near the BP gas station at 100 Chicago Ave; whether the man was shot on the Oak Park side or the Austin side of Austin Boulevard is unclear.
Oak Park police arrived in the area about 11:50 p.m. that night after receiving reports of shots fired. Neighbors reported seeing two suspicious vehicles. Police stopped one vehicle that matched a general description provided by the neighbors.
“Investigators determined that the [vehicle’s] occupants had taken a man to West Suburban Hospital after he apparently had been shot on Chicago Avenue,” said Oak Park spokesperson David Powers.
The injured man told police he was walking alone on Chicago Avenue when he heard gunshots and discovered he had been hit. A bystander drove him to the hospital.
Police responded to a second shooting at 6:23 p.m., Saturday, June 6. While driving southbound in the 900 block of South Austin Boulevard, a man and his passenger were shot by someone in a vehicle traveling in the same direction.
According to Commander Shatonya Johnson of the Oak Park Police Department, the driver and his passenger were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and discharged from care.
- A man pulled a handgun and demanded money from the cash register at Denny’s, 711 N. Harlem Ave., at 9:48 p.m., June 1. Police describe the man as black, 6-feet-1, in his mid-30s and having a thin mustache; he was wearing a black baseball cap with either a black sweatshirt and gray pants or a gray sweatshirt and black pants. Estimated loss is between $125 and $150.
- Three men approached two victims, then one showed a silver handgun and demanded the victims’ property at 11:02 p.m., June 4 in the 900 block of Home Avenue. An iPhone, driver’s license and debit card were turned over, then the men patted down the other victim and fled northbound on foot.
Police describe the first man as black, 5-feet-10, and wearing a red baseball cap, white surgical mask, black shirt and blue jeans. The second man is described as black, 5-feet-7, with short braided hair and wearing a white surgical mask, white cut-off shirt and black cargo shorts. The third man was also black, of unknown height and wore all black clothing. The three are all described as being 18 to 20 years old.
- Another armed robbery occurred at 11:07 p.m., June 4 in the 900 block of Garfield Street when three men approached the victim, one displayed a silver handgun, and demanded the victim’s property. They were last seen traveling northbound on the Home Avenue pedestrian bridge.
- Three pairs of prescription sunglasses, cash and a radar detector were taken from an unlocked 2019 Ford Ranger parked in the victim’s driveway in the 300 block of North Lombard Avenue between 9 p.m., May 30 and 10:57 a.m., May 31. Estimated loss is $1,625.
- Three men who claimed to be utility workers stole cash from an Oak Park residence at 4:42 p.m., June 2 in the 300 block of North Elmwood Avenue. Police describe the men as wearing reflective vests. They were last seen driving westbound on Superior Street in a black sedan. The estimated loss is $10,000.
Criminal damage to property
- A young man shattered the front window of Metro PCS, 6319 W. North Ave., by throwing a brick through it at 6:30 p.m., May 31. Police describe the man as black, in his 20s, thin and about 5-feet-11 with long dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and black facemask. The estimated damage is unknown.
- Someone broke into Medmen, 1132 Lake St., by hitting the building’s rear alley door with a blunt object then, once inside the building, the offender shattered the glass entrance door at 5:32 p.m., May 31. Police reported no loss. The estimated damage is unknown.
- Someone in a silver sedan threw a rock through the outside window of Walgreens’ pharmacy window, 811 Madison St., shattering it at 4:16 p.m., May 31. The vehicle was last seen driving southbound on Oak Park Avenue. The estimated damage is unknown.
- Someone broke a 12-inch-by-12-inch glass pane window on the front door of a building in the 300 block of North Maple Avenue between 7:47 and 8:47 p.m., June 1. Estimated damage is $160.
- Fifteen to 20 young men and women broke the front windows to Dream Town shoe store, 4 Madison St., between 2:36 and 2:47 p.m., May 31. Police describe the group as being black, in their late teens to early 20s and carrying sticks, poles, bats and a metal piece of bedframe. No entry was made to the business. Estimated damage is unknown.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports June 1-5 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest.
Compiled by Stacey Sheridan