- Category: Local Police Reports
- Published on Sunday, 22 July 2012 21:40
- Written by Gary Kopycinski
The body of one deceased at the intersection of Herndon and Indiana Streets in Park Forest Sunday as detectives gather evidence. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)
Lisa from Calumet City gazes down Herndon Street at the scene of the shooting. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)
Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Police confirm three were shot, one fatally, Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Herndon and Indiana Streets in Park Forest.
This normally quiet neighborhood in the East Lincolnwood area of the south suburban village had residents and visitors gathering and asking questions. The incident occurred on a bright, sunny afternoon, where children would otherwise ride bikes and parents walk infants in strollers.
"I just want to know where the parents are," one woman at the scene said. Another resident at the scene said she has lived in Park Forest since 1976, but never saw anything like this in the neighborhood.
Police had taped off Indiana Street from Illinois Street north to Thomas Street, and Herndon Street from Monitor Street to Indiana Street. Residents who were out at the time of the shooting and whose homes were within the tangled web of police tape were not permitted to return home while officers from Park Forest and surrounding areas gathered evidence from the scene.
eNews Park Forest observed vehicles from Park Forest, Rich Township Homeland Security,
Police will only say shots were fired sometime after 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, but by 6:00 p.m., the one deceased remained covered in the parkway as residents, some of them young children, looked on.
Detectives were seen taking measurement of what appeared to be a number of shell casings littering the street near the body.
Park Forest, a largely bedroom community about 30 miles south of the Chicago Loop, has seen a drop off in calls for service since the village adopted its crime-free housing ordinance during the 2008-2009 fiscal year. There were 20,191 calls for service to SouthCom dispatch center in 2007, and only 16,504 calls for service in 2011. The village saw one homicide per year from 2004 to 2007, all reported "cleared" by police, meaning arrests were made. There were 2 homicides in, 2008, 1 in 2009, and 4 in 2010. Of these, one remains uncleared.
There were no homicides in 2011, according to records made public by the village.
Park Forest, IL -(ENEWSPF)- Park Forest police are investigating two armed robberies in the DownTown area in late July and mid-August. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 708-748-4700.
The following is from the Park Forest Police Department:
On 7/28 a masked subject came into M&S Swag in the Centre and took money and high end clothing from the store owner at gunpoint. The incident occurred at 7:20 P.M. There was no security camera in the store. The detectives collected evidence and are investigating the case based on when the evidence results come back from the state crime lab.
On 8/14 at 9:20 P.M. a masked subject went into the CVS store and walked behind the counter for employees only. The subject pointed a handgun at an employee and took an unknown amount of cash from the cash register. He then ran out of the store in an unknown direction. That case is also being followed up by the detectives when more information returns from the crime lab.
The writer is a village trustee in Park Forest. This reporting is his own. This publication is privately owned and is not affiliated with the Village of Park Forest in any way.