Shots fired after attempted vehicular hijacking

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By Maria Maxham

An exchange of gunfire following an attempted aggravated vehicular hijacking occurred near Dunlop Avenue and Roosevelt Road on Aug. 26 at around 3:03 p.m.

The victim, who possessed a valid Illinois Concealed Carry License, was sitting in his car on Dunlop Avenue near Roosevelt Road when a silver Chevrolet, possibly a Lumina, parked behind his vehicle, according to a press release from Forest Park Deputy Chief Ken Gross.

A Black male holding a handgun exited the passenger side of the Chevrolet and approached the victim. The suspect was approximately 18 years old and wearing a white shirt and grayish jeans. He ordered the victim out of his car and demanded the vehicle be given to him.

There was an exchange of gunfire between the victim and the offender, who got back into his vehicle, which fled northbound on the 1100 block of Lathrop Avenue.

The victim was not injured. It is unknown at this time if the offender or the driver of the offending vehicle were hit.

The Forest Park Police Department's Criminal Investigations Unit is currently investigating.

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Jerry Webster  

Posted: August 31st, 2020 6:16 PM

Geoff, I know it is real life, that's the problem, someone may lose their life and have because some one want's what someone else has.

Geoff Binns-Calvey  

Posted: August 31st, 2020 1:24 PM

Jerry, I would be wrong, if this was a movie. This is real life.

Kris McCoy  

Posted: August 30th, 2020 10:12 PM

Geoff, you are absolutely right. No car is worth your life, or anyone else's life.

Jerry Webster  

Posted: August 30th, 2020 2:51 PM

Geoff, you are wrong.

Geoff Binns-Calvey  

Posted: August 28th, 2020 1:11 PM

If somebody tries to take your car, just throw them the keys and run. It's stupid to engage in a gunfight, when the bad guy already has his gun pointed your direction, and extremely irresponsible to start shooting at that location. Cars full of people in the parking lots and on Roosevelt road; and nothing but houses full of families to the north of there, and a bullet will punch through your siding like it was cheese. It's just a car. Why would you start bullets flying around the neighborhood, over your damn car? Suck up your cowboy pride and walk away.

Leslie Schroeder  

Posted: August 28th, 2020 11:42 AM

Any update on this?

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