Gunfire was reported early Friday morning in both Riverside and North Riverside, according to police, who are continuing to investigate the incident.

Riverside police confirmed that at least four shots were fired in the 100 block of Northgate Avenue about 2:50 a.m., Sept. 16. They received several 911 calls of gunfire coming from that area.

Shortly after Riverside police were dispatched to the incident, North Riverside police responded to the 2900 block of Groveland Avenue for a report of shots fired there.

No one appears to have been wounded by any gunshots and police could not find evidence that the shots had struck any buildings. Police also did not locate any suspects in either village.

However, police reported finding four .45-caliber shell casings on the street and parkway area along Northgate Road between Desplaines and Westover avenues.

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said just one North Riverside resident called about hearing gunshots, and that the shots the North Riverside caller heard may have been fired in Riverside. The 2900 block of Groveland Avenue is within a half mile of where the shell casings were recovered.

The North Riverside witness reported seeing a black SUV leaving the area around the time the shots were fired. Police stopped a black SUV and searched it, but there was no evidence the vehicle was involved, Weitzel said.

A resident of the 100 block of Northgate Avenue contacted by the Landmark on Sept. 16 said he heard two separate bursts of gunfire some time after 2 a.m. The man was up reading at the time and a sliding glass door to his home was open when he heard a “pop, pop, pop about five times.”

About five or six seconds later, he heard four more pops, although they sounded different from the first set, the resident said.

North Riverside Police Chief Anthony Garvey said he does not believe any shots were fired in North Riverside and that the resident of that village who notified police likely heard the gunshots coming from Riverside.

In a press release Weitzel said, “The case is still being investigated at this time. However, officers have re-canvassed the area, walked the area on foot, checking for additional evidence, checking red light cameras in the area, and are working with North Riverside police jointly on this investigation.”

Car torched in Brookfield

Brookfield police say someone poured an unknown accelerant on the rear bumper of a 2004 Monte Carlo parked in the driveway of a home in the 4100 block of Elm Avenue and lit it about 1:30 a.m., Sept. 16.

According to the police report, two neighbors saw flames coming from the rear of the vehicle and called police. One of them grabbed a fire extinguisher and doused the flames, limiting damage to the rear bumper.

Jerk of the week

Sometime during the overnight hours of Sept. 10 and 11, someone cut the base of seven grapevine plants growing along the south wall of the Czech Mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, 9415 Rochester Ave. in Brookfield.

The plants were newer and had begun climbing the brick wall of the church building. After cutting them at the base, all of the vines turned brown and died. That same night, someone also punctured the two front tires of the pastor’s 2006 Dodge, which was parked in the driveway of a home in the 4200 block of Deyo Avenue. Both incidents were reported to police on Sept. 14.

Teachers’ cars scuffed up

On Sept. 12 at 4:07 p.m., Brookfield police were dispatched to the west parking lot of Lincoln School, 4300 Grove Ave., after a teacher reported that during the school day several vehicles were scuffed with an unidentified object.

Police said all vehicles had long, white scuff marks on them.

Bartender threatened

Eric Gomez, 27, of Lyons, was arrested by Brookfield police on Sept. 18 about 9:15 p.m. after he reportedly harassed and threatened a female bartender at Phil’s Sports Bar and Grill, 8901 Burlington Ave.

Gomez reportedly got angry after the 46-year-old bartender turned down his advances. He allegedly told the bartender several times that he would kill her while grabbing at his pockets and waist.

After charging him with disorderly conduct and assault, police also learned Gomez had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in DuPage County.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 11-18, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

-Compiled by Bob Uphues