North Riverside police say they’re not sure if anyone was wounded in a shooting on the east end of the village Sunday night, but they’ve recovered about eight shells casings and one bullet and continue to investigate the incident.
A neighbor called police at 8:24 p.m. on July 10, reporting a fight between several subjects on the parkway near the intersection of Traube and Hainsworth avenues. While on the phone with the resident, the dispatcher could hear gunshots being fired, said Police Chief Anthony Garvey.
Officers arrived at the site within seconds and reported subjects fleeing the area. Two units were able to stop three 16-year-old boys, two from North Riverside and one from Brookfield, and interview them.
According to Garvey, the three were at a party in the 2500 block of Westover Avenue prior to the incident a couple of blocks away.
“We’re not sure how it got from there to Traube and Hainsworth,” said Garvey. “At this point it’s conjecture.”
“Based on their statements, they may have been the intended targets [of the shooter],” Garvey said. “All are self-admitted gang members. They claimed the shooting was motivated by an ongoing conflict between them and rival gang members.”
Police say they are looking to interview two other men whom they are calling persons of interest. The two reportedly were seen fleeing the scene. The first is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s with dreadlocks pulled back into a pony tail. He was wearing a white T-shirt.
The second person is described as a white male with a dark complexion, 16 to 18 years of age, about 5-foot-6 and weighing 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a
Chicago Cubs baseball cap and jersey, with blue shorts and carrying a blue drawstring backpack.
It is unclear whether anyone was shot. One 911 caller reported seeing a subject running from the area holding his shoulder, but police never located anyone who was shot, nor did they find any signs of blood.
Garvey said police called all area hospitals to notify them of any gunshot cases, but have heard no such reports.
North Riverside police called in the West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) to process the scene and gather evidence.
Police recovered what are reportedly shell casings possibly from a 9 mm handgun in two different areas in the alley between Hainsworth and Northgate avenues just north of Traube.
They also retrieved a bullet lodged in the wall of the garage of a home in the 2400 block of Hainsworth Avenue. The round appeared to have been fired from north to south. It went through the downspout of the garage to the north and clipped the corner of that garage before hitting the wall of the garage next door.