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Gunfire strikes Riverside home

Several rounds fired during incident that began at Harlem Ave. gas station

March 24th, 2020 3:14 PM

By Bob Uphues

Editor

A bullet fired from a .45-caliber gun penetrated the front door and lodged in the living room wall of a home in the 300 block of East Quincy Street on Monday night, one of several rounds fired during an altercation that reportedly started in the parking lot of a gas station a half block to the east.

Two adults and four children were inside the house at the time of the shooting, about 7:10 p.m., but police say the house was not targeted but was hit by a stray round. No one in the home was injured, although paramedics responded to the scene as a precaution.

In addition, police recovered a 2004 Chevy Silverado in the driveway of the home that had been struck by gunfire. The vehicle had been hit on the driver's side by three .45-caliber rounds. One struck the side mirror and two struck the front quarter panel, police said. The Silverado was registered to a Skokie address, which reportedly is a parking lot.

Police said the Silverado had been abandoned in the driveway by one of the parties involved in the shooting. That party then allegedly stole a 2006 Chevy Uplander from a home a couple of doors away and fled the scene.

According to Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, the Silverado was towed from the scene and police are attempting to obtain a search warrant for the vehicle. Weitzel said that looking through the windows of the SUV, there were no apparent signs of blood but there appeared to be rounds of ammunition inside and, possibly, drugs.

It's not clear how many people were involved in the shooting or how many vehicles were involved, but it appears to have been at least two vehicles, one pursuing the other. The Silverado had been fleeing to the west. The location of the bullet holes in the vehicle and in the front door of a home on the north side of the street would appear to indicate someone shooting toward the north while passing the Silverado.

Weitzel said that the incident appears to have begun as some kind of altercation in the parking lot of the Amstar gas station at 3346 Harlem Ave. Police reported recovering two .45-caliber shell casings on the driveway apron of the gas station.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to email tips to Detective James Lazansky at jlazansky@riverside.il.us or call 708-447-2127.

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