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Police are saying a drug or gambling debt might have been the motive for a shooting that occurred in the 4800 block of Greenleaf Street on Feb. 11. An offender fired several shots at a window in a second-story apartment, where an individual, believed to be known to the offender, resides, police said.
No one was injured, but several people were inside the unit at the time of the shooting.
According to the report, officers responded to a shots-fired complaint around 2:17 a.m. A witness told police dispatchers that she heard a total of six gunshots near her area. When officers arrived, they saw two bullet holes in a rear window, the report stated. The bullet holes were in the northwest side of the apartment.
One resident was in the bathroom at the time of the shooting, while several others were sleeping. One resident told police that several bullets entered her apartment. She also added that she did not see the offender(s).
Prior to the shooting, the mother told police that her son received threatening text messages from someone he knew. "S*** about to get real ugly," one of text messages read, according to the report.
Prior to police arrival, the mother's son left the apartment because he had several warrants out for his arrest, according to police.
On Wednesday, Feb. 14, around 8:10 p.m., multiple Chicago police officers, accompanied by a helicopter, responded to 4842 Greenleaf St. to execute a search warrant, a police offical said.
Skokie Patch was on scene and saw a young male taken away in handcuffs. It is unclear if that person is related to the Feb. 11 shooting at this time.
"I tell my friends and family that I live in Skokie and that this place is real sleepy," said 17-year-old Anthony Hernandez. "If I was back in Chicago, something like this wouldn't surprise me. But I'm shocked. A baby could have gotten killed, you know?"
Hernandez said he heard about the shooting the following day from neighbors. He said his block is usually quiet and doesn't have any problems.
"I don't know what [the offender] was thinking," he said. "You can still see the bullet holes."
Similar shooting in Skokie
In May of last year, Alex Soballe, 20, was the target of a shooting in the 4800 block of Louise Avenue. In that incident, two bullets went through an apartment window, police said. The apartment unit was vacant at the time.
"Soballe was in the alley with one other individual," Skokie police Cmdr. Brian Baker told Patch. "A car drove by and there were a reported five shots and the car then disappeared. According to Soballe and the other person, they had no idea [who fired the shots at them]."
About one month later, Soballe opened fire at a vehicle just outside the CTA Oakton Station. In that incident, Soballe fired eight shots at a car carrying three people that were known to him, police said.
A grand jury would later upgrade Soballe's charges from four counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm to four counts of attempted murder.