Alleged Skokie Shooter Attended 'Machine Gun Fest'

A picture taken of alleged Skokie shooter Alex Soballe during the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot in Kentucky in 2009. Soballe was charged with four counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm in June.

Alexander Soballe, the 20-year-old who allegedly fired eight shots at a vehicle during rush hour traffic near Oakton Street and Skokie Boulevard, was charged with four counts of felony aggravated discharge of a firearm on Saturday.

The driver and passenger inside the vehicle escaped the incident without injury. Police said the shooting was a result of a prior domestic dispute between both parties. Officers located Soballe shortly after the incident in his home in the 4900 block of Louise Avenue, just a few blocks from the shooting.

In 2009, when Soballe was 17, he attended the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot in West Point, Ky. The biannual event draws thousands of gun right activist and enthusiasts who get together to shoot automatic weapons at explosive barrels, vehicles and even dummies posed as humans (See YouTube video above or click previous link for pics). The next Machine Gun Shoot is set to start on Oct. 12 of this year.

Someone known to Soballe confirmed his attendance at the event, but asked to have thier name withheld.

About two weeks ago, Soballe was charged with two counts of misdemeanor aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened two victims with a baseball bat stemming from a traffic dispute, police said.

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Angelo Maltese was outside Walgreen’s in downtown Skokie a few days after the shooting. He said he’s outraged at the “audacity” of the alleged shooter.

“You got a guy that’s pissed off shooting a gun outside a CTA stop and in the middle of rush hour,” Maltese said. “He didn’t give a s*** about anyone but himself. I see kids riding to the pool everyday here … My God, someone could have gotten killed.”

"When I go running, this is the exact sidewalk that I run on,” said one Skokie Patch reader on the alleged shooting. “I ran literally where the shots were fired today, on that sidewalk yesterday evening. I’m shocked, very glad and thankful I did not go running [the day of the shooting]. I will think twice about that area from now on.”

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h m June 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM
So he attended a gun show. So what. He did not break any laws at that time.
Steve Mottel June 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Everyone concerned about this issue and crime/safety in general should contact the mayors office TODAY and voice their concerns. They should also request his prescence at the Skokie Voices public forum on crime this Wednesday the 20th of June. Mayors office 847/933-8269 Skokie Voice Community Forum on Public Safety Wednesday, June 20 * 7-9 p.m. * Oakton Community Center http://www.skokievoice.org/calendar.html Also, contact Skokie Voice and ask them to request the mayors prescence at this meeting. Tell your friends, neighbors etc. Those of us on this forum are aware of this crime and others recently but you would be surprised how many residents DO NOT KNOW about these crimes. Thanks
Ruth H June 18, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Look at that! All the Anti Section 8 people have egg on their face! Great work george!
h m June 18, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Ruth, I have no problem with Section 8 housing. It is everywhere. But where in this article does it say this person is living in or not living in section 8 housing?
liliana fargo June 18, 2012 at 02:25 PM
We should contact the Mayor of Lincolnwood!!!! : " Lincolnwood 'Quietly' OKs Firing Range, Gun Shop".
h m June 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Liliana, this has nothing to do with this article about the person involved with the shooting last week. I have no problem with a gun store/range in Lincolnwood. I do believe that they should be forced to have parking for there patrons. Did you know that this would not be the first gun shop/range that lincolnwood would have. Many years ago, there was a gun shop/range at Gabby Hartnett's or you might know the location as the Brickyard bank on Lincoln Avenue.
Truth June 18, 2012 at 04:25 PM
For a guy who attended a gun shoot, where you shoot at targets as part of an event, he sure is a bad shot.
Adam Turetzky June 18, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Sounds like someone needs anger management classes. If I read all of this correctly this whole thing stems from a 2 week old traffic dispute with a neighbor. Good grief, let it go.
Jim M June 19, 2012 at 02:42 AM
And, it had nothing to do with the "L" stop (Julie). This jerk should have never had access to a weapon.
Ruth H June 19, 2012 at 04:04 AM
hm - yes because the last story on this shooting mentioned section 8? Right? or did you forget about all the comments?!!! There were a ton. thats right whenever something goes bad in skokie all the skokie voice people grab their pitchforks and cry "SECTION 8!!!!" not every serious crime in skokie has something to do with section 8!
KT June 19, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Pretty sure it said domestic dispute at the beginning of the article. And this kid just sounded like an angry person. Hopefully he gets some help now.
Steve Mottel June 19, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Ruth, Please take time and review the comments from citizens in the article on the shooting. In your opinion, what would you attribute these disturbing recent crimes to? While section 8 in not the cause for all crime, something has changed in Skokie. Remember, many who have posted have been citizens for decades. Any ideas?
Adam Turetzky June 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I was going off what I read in the Skokie Review article: "man who last month is alleged to have threatened two people with a baseball bat after a traffic dispute" http://skokie.suntimes.com/news/13202846-417/skokie-man-charged-in-firing-gun-in-downtown.html
George Slefo (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 07:05 PM
@ Adam - It is my understanding from speaking to police that the people Soballe allegedly shot at were not the same people in the traffic dispute. I think what the Skokie Review meant to say is a guy who threatened two people with a baseball bat also tried shooting at two (different) people two weeks later. As always, thanks for the comment!
Jim M June 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Bad economic times increase crime and tensions and highlight our intolerance of one another. Under Clinton crime and abortions went down, because people felt hopeful and the economy was growing. Under Bush Jr, greed and avarice took over again and crime and abortions when UP. Bush crashed the economy. I think it funny that people blame Obama for their woes. It's like blaming the construction company cleaning up ground zero for the attacks on 911. The devastation was so complete and so deep, it can take years to fix it. FDR cut back his stimulus efforts a couple of years into the Depression, and it caused a double-dip. Austerity during a Recession/Depression is NOT the solution.
Ruth H June 20, 2012 at 05:39 AM
@ Steve Mottel Yes, Steve. There are a number of reasons why Skokie and every other neighboring area have changed. Take the recession. With it, comes more crime. Regular people commit crimes they would have never imagined possible before. Some residents get angry, do stupid things. There's also Skokie's close proximity to Chicago and Evanston. How great were those areas? A lot of thugs come in here and do stupid things. You also don't need section 8 to find affordable housing in Skokie. People from bad areas come to Skokie to have a better life, and A LOT of those people can afford a 3 bedroom apartment in Skokie. Or even a townhouse, without section 8. The real question is: Is Skokie Voice really against only section 8 or is their an underlying race issue behind it? It's the 800 lb gorillia that everyone thinks about when your group goes kicking and screaming about how Section 8 is ruining their livelihoods. And even if it *was* Section 8 causing trouble, then what? What is the solution? Where are you going to put those people? Who will replace them? And please, don't feed me that PR talk of "we want to hold landlords accountable." That's such garbage and far from a solution. Wake up people.


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