A 24-year-old North Riverside man faces a felony weapons charge after he allegedly fired five rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle into the air during the early morning hours of May 23 from a property in the 2300 block of Burr Oak Avenue.

He was charged with one felony count of reckless discharge of a firearm and a misdemeanor count of reckless conduct.

Three others, a 23-year-old Riverside man, a 24-year-old LaGrange man and a 24-year-old Brookfield man were charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct. The three were present at the scene but did not fire the weapon, according to police.

A police officer on patrol in the 2500 block of Desplaines Avenue heard the first gunshot coming from the east at about 1:10 a.m. About an hour later, someone called to report two more shots fired from behind their residence in the 2300 block of Westover Avenue.

As police began to search that area, they heard two more shots come from the alley between Westover and Burr Oak. Shortly afterward, police saw a black Cadillac with four subject inside traveling southbound in the alley.

The occupants, which included four men, were detained by police as they searched the area.

Outside the unlocked garage of offender’s home in the 2300 block of Burr Oak Avenue, police reported finding five spent rifle shell casings. Inside the garage, partially covered by an item of clothing, police recovered an AK-47 rifle that had been placed on top of a lawnmower.

Also inside the garage, police reported finding a Glock handgun case with various shell casings, but no weapon, inside.

The four subjects reportedly had been inside the offender’s house, drinking alcohol, watching TV and playing video games since about 10:30 p.m. on May 22. The offender showed off the rifle to his friends and they went outside where he reportedly fired one round into the air before the group went back inside.

They later came back outside twice more and he reportedly fired off two rounds each time. The men then entered the Cadillac and began to drive away when police stopped them.

All of the subjects stated that the offender was the only shooter, police said. One of the group recorded several cellphone videos of the shots being fired, according to police.

This story has been changed to remove the offender’s name after the Landmark was provided proof that the judgment of the court in this case was vacated.

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