Shots Fired Near Skokie's New CTA Station

Almost a dozen squad cars responded to a shooting near the new CTA Oakton Stop in downtown Skokie. A picture shows about eight shots were fired at the scene. Police said there were no injuries.

Updated 9:02 p.m. ~

About a dozen squad cars responded to a shooting near the new CTA Yellow Line station at Oakton Street and Skokie Boulevard on Thursday around 5:00 p.m., said police Sgt. John Moersfelder.

Witnesses told police that a male subject, standing on the north sidewalk of Oakton Street, displayed a semi automatic pistol and fired multiple times in the direction of a vehicle traveling westbound in the curb lane, police said. The offender then fled on foot from the scene.

The driver would ultimately stop a short distance from the initial shooting and both occupants were said to be uninjured, according to police. All in all, a total of eight shots were fired.

Meanwhile, police have detained a man that they believe is in connection with the shooting, they said. The initial investigation is said to be a possible domestic dispute between the victims and the offender, police said.

Service on the Oakton Stop temporally stopped, but resumed about an hour later. The last policeman on scene left slightly before 7 p.m.

Hakim Wafaq, an employee at Marathon Gas Station at Skokie Boulevard and Oakton Street, told Skokie Patch that he did not hear any gunshots, but added that there was a lot of police activity around 5 p.m.

The CTA also noted that the alleged incident did not happen within the CTA Oakton Stop. 

Because the incident is under investigation, no further details are available at this time. Check Skokie Patch soon for an update. 

Michael Patrick June 21, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Try some facts about the past: http://www.egovlink.com/public_documents300/skokie/published_documents/Police%20Department/AnniversaryBooklet07.pdf
Frank June 21, 2012 at 05:15 PM
If you didn't attend Skokie Voice meeting you missed Chief Scarpelli's explanation of the matter which stemmed from a domestic situation. He tried to soft see the incident. What I don't understand is how he can not see that someone brandishing a weapon on Oakton Street is no longer domestic as it affects everyone working, walking, shopping in the area?
Mary June 21, 2012 at 05:33 PM
to Frank: Regarding the Skokie Voice meeting last night and your comment about the police chief trying to soft sell the shooting incident last week on Oakton Street. It is very unfortunate, but that is the way of the world and you cannot control who visits your village or what they do. What Skokie needs to do and I do think they are trying to get the message out that this type of behavior will not be tolerated and if you do behave in an unlawful manor, you will pay the price.
Michael Patrick June 22, 2012 at 05:32 PM
The parking permits PRESERVE parking for tax-paying residents. It helps cops tell who belongs in the neighborhood and who doesn't. THANK YOU to the current council-manager team.
HHH1 September 13, 2012 at 12:58 PM
40 Year resident-Thank you for bringing up the B.S. that is crammed down our throats by the bleeding hearts of this town about the section 8 housing being mostly elderly. Jeez that is so annoying. You should see in some other Skokie forums the whiners who tell us to stop blaming the section 8 housing for the surge in violent crime. One genius in another Skokie forum....direct quote: "Section 8 does not equal thugs." No not at all.-That's why Chicago spent all that $$$ demolishing the CHA projects...because there was no thug element. How friggin' clueless and airheaded is this world getting. All you people( I'm NOT saying this to people on THIS forum) who say Sec. 8 is NOT bringing in a higher violent crime element into Skokie, why don't you guys go live there since it's so wonderful, hmmm?


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