Riverside police say victims of drive-by were targeted

Subpoena sought to access cellphone data

December 3rd, 2017 10:53 AM

Rounds fired during a drive-by shooting in Riverside on Dec. 1 struck two vehicles, including this one, parked in the driveway of a home in the 200 block of East Burlington Street. (Photo courtesy of the Riverside Police Department)

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By Bob Uphues


Riverside police have seized cellphones belonging to the victims of an alleged drive-by shooting that happened at about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the 200 block fo East Burlington Street, and are attempting to obtain a grand jury subpoena to access certain content, Police Chief Thomas Weitzel has told the Landmark.

No one was wounded in the shooting, which Weitzel described as "absolutely, 100-percent targeted at the individuals standing in the driveway" of the Burlington Street home at the time.

Police also have obtained and continue to examine surveillance video evidence to try to identify the white SUV believed to be involved in the shooting.

"We walked from Delaplaine Road to the center of town for video," Weitzel said. "We're searching to see if the car is on there."

Officers responded to the residence in the 200 block of East Burlington Street after five or six shots were fired at four people standing in the driveway. Three of the victims are Riverside residents between the ages of 19 and 20. The fourth was a 19-year-old North Riverside man. 

Bullets struck two vehicles parked in the driveway, police said. The vehicle suspected of being involved in the shooting was last seen eastbound on Burlington Street toward Harlem Avenue. Police could not locate a vehicle matching that description after responding to the call of shots fired.

Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call 708-447-2127 or email Detective Sgt. James Lazansky at


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