'Four Counts of Attempted Murder' For Skokie Shooter

A Cook County grand jury has now upgraded charges against Alexander Soballe, the 20-year-old Skokie resident who allegedly fired eight shots at a moving vehicle during rush hour traffic in Skokie.

Alexander Soballe, the 20-year-old in downtown Skokie, is now charged with four counts of attempted murder. Soballe was originally charged with but a grand jury upgraded those charges on July 2, according to police.

All three people inside the vehicle were "known" to Soballe, according to police. It is unclear if he was targetting one or multiple people. The trio came under fire on June 14 while travelling westbound in the 4800 block of Oakton Street when Soballe, who was on foot, fired eight times at the vehicle. He would then flee on foot to his home in the 4900 block of Louise Avenue, police said.

Based on a witness description, officers arriving on scene were able to quickly locate and arrest Soballe.

“We believe this suspect would have committed this act wherever these parties would have crossed paths," . "It didn’t happen because of Skokie, it happened because Mr. Soballe was allegedly in conflict with the other person so wherever they crossed paths, he was going to do this.”

In a different offense, Soballe was charged with two counts of misdemeanor aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened two people with a baseball bat during a traffic dispute on May 30. Those victims were “unknown” to Soballe, police said.

What residents are saying –

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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Will Stokes July 13, 2012 at 09:03 PM
According to the SPD chief, crime is declining in Skokie and subsidized low-income housing has nothing to do with the flurry of hi-profile violent crimes taking place in Skokie. In fact, after each incident, he says, the perpetrators aren't necessarily even from Skokie or - if they are -- they might have done their shooting or mugging anywhere. What dissembling smoke! By Turetsky's own admission, the Skokie Police chief is engaged in political commentary or spin, if you will. He is a political animal facing a very embarassing situation. I don't believe him any more than most any other politician.
Peter Francis Geraci July 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM
You don't have to have a Police Chief tell you that someone was or wasn't on section 8 or low income housing to know that Skokie is changing. All you have to do is LIVE here. No offense but I've noticed that there is a direct correlation in the increase of minorities or rather, ones who migrate from inner city Chicago or other rough areas with the increase of certain crimes. You may label this as racism or stereotyping but anyone who disagrees is probably just wallowing in there own ironically racist and liberal ideals.
Mark Twain Ph.D July 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Your all stupid. The trio shot at him prior to this incident in front of his residence. They also harrased his girlfriend the day of with life threatening actions. I'm not saying what he did was right but if you tryto take my life, so be it I will return the favor. Might I add Skokie police did nothing about the previous shooting. What did they expect? When the shooting was reported they searched his residence and did nothing to follow up with the shooter. In a sense they cornered a man. You corner a man and the animalistic instinct may come out. SPd prevention is your shortcoming. Sit back and watch it burn is great tax dollars at work.
Mark Twain Ph.D July 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Also, for all those in shock and amazement. I hear Kenilworth is nice. :-)
howard kirschner July 14, 2012 at 03:24 AM
kenilworth does not have section 8 housing
Mark Twain Ph.D July 14, 2012 at 06:04 AM
This had no ties to section 8 nor do I choose to classify a certain need based populous as criminally involved. A feible simple minded connection.
Femlegacy July 14, 2012 at 06:59 AM
I am ashamed to share my hometown with the bigoted, ignorant, fear-mongering few that persist in citing the "influx of minorities" and Section 8 units in this thread. Skokie has a rich history of diversity and I'm proud to have been born and raised within that context. We have welcomed the new immigrant, the young family in its first home, the wage worker...all struggling, all trying to build a life and a future. They--none of us--want to depend on the whims of politics and minimal financial assistance to barely scrape by, and I'm sure they more than you wish things were easier for their families. Section 8 causes crime? Section 8 keeps a roof over the heads of human beings in their time of need! Living in a society wherein some choose to condemn rather than rally in support of one another--especially in times of need--saddens me greatly. May you never know the combined pain of borderline poverty and social stigma. If this is your community, get in there and help!! Your public displays of ignorance are hateful and cowardly. Maybe you should move elsewhere after all....
Djb July 14, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Section 8 came to Skokie. What do you expect? There's gonna be lose monkeys all over the place. The cops can only handle so much!
Deadcatbounce July 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM
--Skokie kids refer to the areas just South of the Downtown Oakton business district and just East of Skokie Blvd. between Oakton and Main Sts. as "SCompton." A play on the words Skokie and Compton -- referring to the crime ridden, gang infested California city of that name. --A Morton Grove policeman who lives near the Skokie border tells us that it is common knowledge in police circles that Skokie has an inordinate amount of Section 8 housing and that it has been fueling increased criminal activity there. --A Fairview resident tells us that there has been a flurry of home robberies there in recent months yet not a word about it in the Skokie newspapers or from the Skokie police or village government.  And yet a Skokie Human Relations sycophant writes us demanding statistics proving a direct correlation between Skokie's subsidized housing and Skokie's increased crime.  The fact is that you would be hard pressed to find any agency or academic entity -- most of which are dominated by liberals -- to compile statistics that might prove embarrassing to their pet diversity initiatives.  But the kids and the cops are close to the ground.  They have their eyes open.  And they're not demanding abstruse statistical studies on the correlation between Skokie's Section 8 housing and Skokie's crime wave.
Will Stokes July 14, 2012 at 03:27 PM
It is the very mushbrained sentimental gibberish expressed by Femlegacy that brought about this dangerous predicament that now confronts Skokie. First these bleeding hearts on the left brought about federal AFDC and Public Housing projects that served to destroy the black family and black neighborhoods. They created financial incentives to have fatherless children. Then they brought about further dependency on government with a maze of giveaway programs from WIC to SNAP to SSI - dependency that crushed a sense of self-determination and self-reliance. The they admitted that their housing projects were a monumental failure and bulldozed them and insisted on transporting the social pathologies of the housing projects to suburbs like Skokie via subsidized housing vouchers -- "open housing" and "scattered site housing" became their buzzwords. And now that there is inner-city styled gunfire on suburban Skokie's main thoroughfare in broad daylight they're bereft of new ideas and new schemes so they just cry "racism" "cowardly" and "hateful." The mindless bleeding hearts like Femlegacy created this mess. They don't merit anyone's serious attention anymore.
Mark Twain Ph.D July 14, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Remarks like this have shadows lurking that the fragile speaker cannot see or even begin to comprehend. The astonishing point in this, is that you probably have no idea why your emotions are so ill-mannered. Pray tell, why are so people so ignorant to completely undermine the power of self consciousnesses. Rather, choose to partake in the nullification of true free will and righteousness. To agree with this is to agree with the hegemonic standard and brainwash your self and generations after. Your views were not created like this, they were breed. This is what shames me. Knowing my fellow man has devolved into a mindless ghoul of an ape providing unquestioned servitude to the an ill-favored sovereign. Before you cast the next stone, ponder who or what is your intended target, a man? How about a women? No, it is an idea. To indulge in stripping the very delicate tapestry of the humankind down to the very last fiber. We are not animals, well at least the ones with enough wisdom, knowledge, and most of all unaltered perception to realize it. We use to say give us liberty or give us death, now we say give us feed and herd us in to a slaughter house for a untimely self provoked demise.
J July 14, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Where is a section 8 map of properties in Skokie? Anyone familar with one on the Skokie village site?
skokie 2 July 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM
There is no map of the village that pinpoints the location of section 8 vouchers as the Village is only told the number of and demographics of the voucher holder. It also amazes me that people thing the Village can say yes or no to participating in the program. The Village has no say in this. Wouldn't it be great if Patch ran a article that explains Section 8 with all the facts rather than count on this topic to fuel anger and hatred in the community? I sometimes feel this news resource should balance the fear it creates. Have you noticed the editor only seems to report on the police blotter?
skokie 2 July 15, 2012 at 01:13 PM
And, FYI this kid grew up on Oakton, near the Library in a nice, big house...
Deadcatbounce July 15, 2012 at 03:06 PM
 Over an 8 day period in late April, 2 Skokie residents were violently assaulted and robbed on the streets there.  And more than a few residents of that ultra-liberal enclave have begun to question the wisdom of the suburb's new found diversity and the profusion of new Section 8 low-income tenants there.  Both attacks occurred in the general vicinity of a bloc of multi unit dwellings in an area between Oakton and Main Streets, just East of Skokie Boulevard. The two-flats and semi-detached duplexes there were cheaply thrown up in the early 60s. They were a bit tawdry at the time and more so today. Over recent decades, some cheap-buck-artist landlords began buying them up. More than of few of these squires were more than happy to accept the quick cash offered by the federal goverment's low-income Section 8 vouchers. As a result, the standards for Skokie residence have, you might say, lowered a bit. More than a few of these New Skokians were, until recently denizens of the now bulldozed Chicago public housing projects. One of them, a certain, Stanton Demaret, was indicted for mob action and assault in the August 2011 Chicago flash mob attacks.  The persons sought for the recent Skokie street attacks have been identified as "black men in their 20s."
Deadcatbounce July 15, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Continued ... \ In the April 20th attack, a middle aged woman was slashed with an ice pick and robbed of $500 outside the 7-11 at Main and Skokie Blvd. In the April 28th attack, a 54 year old man was beaten senseless by 2 suspects, his jaw and teeth broken and robbed of $250 on nearby Louise St.  The liberal-left Skokie voters were always big on big-government social action and "diversity." Now they don't know quite what to make of their new violent crime reality.
Will Stokes July 15, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Here is a complete rundown on Skokie's recent violent crime incidents, with sources chttp://bit.ly/PZMCtyited:
Tom Gross July 15, 2012 at 08:59 PM
This post is just plain idiotic.
George Slefo (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 09:03 PM
@ Everyone - We have some interesting new details regarding the alleged Skokie shooter. Check out site tomorrow morning for the scoop.
Charlotte Ainesq July 16, 2012 at 02:31 AM
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain Ignore MT PHD
Charlotte Ainesq July 16, 2012 at 02:32 AM
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain Ignore MT PHD
Mark Twain Ph.D July 16, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Im sorry my dear that you are intellectually limited. Please take these words as my condolences. "Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn’t any. But this wrongs the jackass." "It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either." Educate yourself before belittling others, although there's a high probability a jackass will live up to their nature..
Mark Twain Ph.D July 16, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Dear Tom, "The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass" Get it?
Will Stokes July 16, 2012 at 03:35 PM
True the Village has no direct say. That is between the Sec. 8 subsidee and the slumlord. But during the last election in the 50th Ward - West Rogers Pk. -, slumlords who accepted Sec. 8 became an issue and were outed personally by the candidates. Why not the same in Skokie? Maybe because the Skokie Human Relations Commission is a member of the extremist Interfaith Housing Center of the North Shore - an Alinsky-styled group that agitates for more suburban low-income housing and racial "diversity." Maybe because the Government of Niles Twp. gives tax money to that same group.
George Slefo (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 03:28 AM
@ Skokie 2 I just sent you an email response. Thank you for the comment! Best, George
George Slefo (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 04:23 AM
@ Me Thinks 2 - Thank you for the heads up, Comment removed! @ Readers - Please, no profanity.
Roxanne Conway July 17, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I'm just waiting for Skokie Mike to start blaming it on all pitt bulls.
somebody September 10, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Went to his school. He's a drug dealer and a gangbanger (king) draw your own conclusions ;)
Educator October 17, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Well what no one seems to knows on this website is that 2 weeks prior to this incident the so called "victims" in the car shot at Alex soballe. This day the man had a gun in the car and alex also had one because he had been shot at, at his home, I would like to know what he supposed to do in that situation? Or what you would do if someone pointed a gun at you and had already shot at you. I doubt I will get a good answer. I do not agree with him shooting that many times in a crowded area but there in a whole nother side to this story that was not published. Just thought I'd put that out there so you could have all the information.
Ruth H October 18, 2012 at 09:20 PM
@Educator - That was reported by The Patch: http://skokie.patch.com/articles/skokie-shooter-was-shot-at-prior-to-downtown-shooting#photo-10669776


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