Bystander shot in Austin Blvd. crossfire | Police reports Sept. 30 - Oct. 5

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A bystander was shot during a disagreement that occurred between three men outside the BP gas station, 520 S. Austin Blvd., at 1:39 a.m., Oct. 4. 

Two men, one wearing a baseball cap, exited a black automobile and began arguing with a third man, who was driving a dark colored SUV. The man in the ball cap and the man in the SUV both discharged their weapons, striking a fourth man, who was in the gas station parking lot.

The victim sustained a shot to the abdominal area and a graze wound to his thigh. He was transported to a hospital where he received treatment and was released from care. The victim was not involved in the dispute and nor was he associated with the three men. 

Police reports describe the first man as Black, wearing a baseball cap and a white long-sleeved T-shirt with dark pants and dark shoes. The second offender is described as Black and was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Police described the man in the SUV as Black. All three offenders were last seen fleeing south on Austin Boulevard.


Armed robbery

  • Two men, both carrying handguns, robbed the 7-Eleven, 240 Chicago Ave., at 12:57 a.m., Oct. 1. Both men pointed their handguns and demanded the store clerk turn over cash and cigarettes, which the clerk did. The two men fled the scene in an unknown direction. The estimated loss was unknown at the time of reporting.
  • Police reports describe the first man as Black, 6-feet tall, 180 lbs. and about 25 to 29 years old. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black pants. The other man is described as Black, 6-feet tall and 25 to 29 years old. No clothing descriptions were included for the second man.



  • Someone entered an unlocked garage and then entered an unlocked vehicle parked inside and removed $10 in cash and a bicycle between 5 p.m., Sept. 27 and 7 p.m., Sept. 29 in the 600 block of South Scoville Avenue. The estimated loss is $410. 
  • Someone broke a 12-inch-by-12-inch glass windowpane on a resident's garage door then reached in and pressed the garage door opener; once inside, the burglar removed a Stihl chainsaw and a black Jamis Allegro bicycle between 10:30 p.m., Sept. 30 and 8:15 a.m., Oct. 1 in the 900 block of North East Avenue. The estimated loss is $750.
  • Someone broke into a garage through an unlocked side service door and ransacked two unlocked vehicles parked inside, taking cash, between 8 p.m., Sept. 25 and 9 a.m., Sept. 27 in the 1200 block of Forest Avenue. Estimated loss is $10.
  • Someone took a women's black Trek Hybrid bike out of an open garage in the 1100 block of Paulina Street between midnight, Sept. 24 and 7:29 p.m., Oct. 1. Estimated loss is $600.
  • Someone broke into a residence, possibly through an unlocked door, and removed from inside a set of car keys; using the keys, the offender then drove off in the victim's silver 2013 Toyota Sienna that was parked outside between 11:30 p.m., Oct. 2 and 7:20 a.m., Oct. 3 in the 100 block of North Euclid Avenue. Estimated loss is $10,000.

Motor vehicle theft

An unlocked vehicle with a spare key inside of it was removed from the 200 block of South Marion Street between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m., Oct. 4. The vehicle was located shortly after in Chicago, where it had been set on fire. Estimated loss is $11,000.


Criminal damage to property 

  • Someone damaged the rear window of a River Forest resident's vehicle parked in the 6500 block of North Avenue between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Sept. 29. The estimated damage is $500.
  • Someone cracked and damaged the front windshield of a car parked in the 500 block of South Humphrey Avenue between 3 p.m., Oct. 1 and noon, Oct. 3. Estimated damage is $300.
  • Someone damaged a large glass window by throwing a rock through it between 11:30 p.m., Oct. 3 and 8:30 a.m., Oct. 4 in the 400 block of South Ridgeland Avenue. Damage is estimated at $700.
  • The windshield and rear glass window of a vehicle was damaged while parked in the 300 block of South Cuyler Avenue between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m., Oct. 4. Estimated damage is $730.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Sept. 30 – Oct. 5 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Stacey Sheridan

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