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.
A Westchester woman was the victim of theft at 7:57 p.m. on May 29 in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue. Two teenagers approached the woman, and one of them grabbed her iPhone from her hand. They both fled northbound on Austin Boulevard and then eastbound in the alley between Chicago and Iowa Street. The estimated loss is $1,000.
A maroon 1996 Honda Civic that was left unlocked with the keys inside was stolen from a parking lot in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue, sometime between 9 and 11 p.m. on May 27. The estimated loss is $2,000.
A white 2018 Mercedes Benz E400 that was stolen out of Chicago on May 24, was recovered by Oak Park police in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue at 2:04 a.m. on May 26.
Discharge of firearm
Mary Williams, 23, of Oak Park, was arrested in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and domestic battery. The incident took place at 8:31 a.m. on May 24.
A residence was burglarized in the 800 block of Wisconsin Avenue sometime between 3 and 7:50 a.m. on May 26.
The offender gained entry to the residence through an unlocked rear window and removed a laptop computer, cellphone, purse, men's wallet, cash, credit cards and multiple keys and key fobs.
The offender then used the keys to enter the garage and steal the victim's silver 2018 BMW 330, which was later recovered by Chicago police in the 5500 block of South Wood Avenue in Chicago.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, May 24-31, 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 Timothy Inklebarger
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