Chicago shooting may be connected to Oak Park gunfire

Oak Park police investigating incident that took place around same time as Chicago drive-by

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police are investigating shots fired in the village possibly connected to a Chicago murder investigation, following a deadly shooting that took place about a block east of Oak Park, near Division Street and Austin Boulevard on the morning of May 28.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Brittany Hill, 24, was shot and killed outside her home in the 1200 block of North Mason Avenue at about 8:50 a.m. She reportedly took cover behind a vehicle at the scene the shooting and shielded her 1-year-old daughter from the gunfire.

Oak Park Police Commander Joe Moran said Oak Park police received a call of shots fired near Division Street and North Harvey Avenue at around 8:50 a.m. Oak Park police discovered several spent shell casings in Oak Park, he said.

Shortly after arriving on the scene, Oak Park police were alerted that a Hill had been dropped off at West Suburban Medical Center. The driver fled the scene after leaving Hill at the facility, Moran said.

Moran said Chicago police are handling the homicide investigation. He said Hill was exiting a vehicle in front of her home when another vehicle pulled up and those inside began firing.

Witnesses in the area of North Harvey Avenue and Division Street reported hearing several gunshots, Moran said. They also reported seeing a black vehicle and a gray vehicle flee the area.

"No one was hit or hurt in Oak Park," Moran said.

He said Oak Park police are investigating the incident as the aggravated discharge of a firearm, and they believe there is a connection between the shots fired in Oak Park and the shooting in Chicago.

Moran said officials at Whittier Elementary School and William Hatch Elementary School were notified shortly after the shots-fired incident was reported.

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Jim Frenkel  

Posted: June 5th, 2019 3:38 PM

This will (should) be reported soon but two 15 year old girls were held up at gunpoint the eve of Mon June 3 at 9:30pm in NE Oak Park. Really scary stuff, especially for the girls and their families. Check out the local resident FB pages for more info.

Pete Cappa from Oak Park  

Posted: June 1st, 2019 6:44 PM

I wonder if this is "urban" enough for our Oak Park mayor in his quest to make our village more city like, from the car hackings, to the armed robberies and shootings in the middle of the morning? Seems like we have met our quota for urban activities already?

Linda Vasquez from Oak Park   

Posted: May 30th, 2019 2:18 PM

Oak Park Police need to be transparent with the residents.They also need to have an experienced gang unit like I recommended YEARS AGO WHEN WE HAD GANGMEMBERS LIVING on Austin Ave In OP - off of Division Ave.Quit worrying about real estate values , We pay tons of taxes #ProtectOP

Tom Leeds  

Posted: May 30th, 2019 10:18 AM

It seems Chicago shootings are starting to spill over in Oak Park. It was only a matter of time since the carjackings and muggings are also on the rise.

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