More than two dozen shell casings were found in the aftermath of a shootout that took place Sunday night near Austin Gardens at Forest Avenue and Ontario Street. Police are planning to up patrols in the community in response to the shooting, which is the second to occur in Oak Park in less than a week.
Oak Park police responded to the scene Sunday at about 11:30 p.m., after receiving multiple reports of reckless gunfire in the 1000 block of Ontario Street. The shooting is believed to have involved a black SUV and a red sedan, both of which were seen fleeing the area heading westbound on Lake Street immediately after the incident was reported, according to Oak Park spokesman Erik Jacobsen.
Police have so far recovered 32 shell casings in the area, which is still being canvassed. No injuries have been reported at this time. However, a bullet was found lodged in an aluminum door frame of a building in the 900 block of Lake Street.
The number of individuals involved in the shooting has not yet been determined by police, but Jacobsen said police do not believe it to be a random incident. It is also unknown whether the offending individuals fired guns from inside their vehicles.
The Austin Gardens incident comes on the heels of the shooting at Roosevelt Road and Cuyler Avenue. The latter incident occurred just after midnight on Memorial Day in Oak Park following an altercation at Mike’s Place, a bar located in the city of Berwyn, and resulted in a 34-year-old man being shot twice in his leg. Police are still investigating the incident; however, Chicago resident Jeremy Riley has been charged with reckless discharge of a firearm.
This is a developing story.