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Girlfriend: Skokie Shooter Was 'In Fear Of His Life'

About a month prior to allegedly firing eight shots at a vehicle in downtown Skokie, Alex Soballe was shot at five times outside his apartment in the 4900 block of Louise Avenue in Skokie, according to his girlfriend and police.

The girlfriend of alleged Skokie shooter Alex Soballe said her boyfriend was in "fear of his life" before he fired eight shots at a vehicle in downtown Skokie on June 14.

Nathalie Bafia, Soballe's girlfriend of two years, said Soballe was the victim of a shooting May 23 in the 4900 block of Louise Avenue. She said the shooting occurred after Soballe had a run-in with an ex-boyfriend of hers at a Walgreens in downtown Skokie.

"They didn't like each other because of prior history," Bafia said. "He was scared - they shot right next to Alex. They shot at him a couple of times.

"He was scared for his life and he went out and got a gun," she added. 

Bafia lives with her mother and Soballe. She said she was terrified after she heard gunshots outside her apartment May 23. One of the bullets struck a window about six-feet above where Soballe was standing, she said (see picture). Fortunately, the apartment the bullet went through was unoccupied at the time, Bafia said.

According to Bafia, Soballe did not report who he thought was his shooter due to fear of retaliation.

Commander Brian Baker with the Skokie Police Department confirmed there was a shooting at the location May 23.

"Soballe was in the alley with one other individual," Baker said. "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]."

Baker added that there wasn't too much he could say about the May shooting as it is still under investigation.

On July 2, from four counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm to four counts of attempted murder, according to police. Soballe is alleged to have that were "known" to him in the 4800 block of Oakton Street on June 14 around 5 p.m.

"After the shooting Alex became worried," Bafia said of the May 23 incident. "He didn't even like walking the dog. At anytime [he feared the person] could come back and just kill him."

Soballe is due in court Monday at the Skokie Courthouse. Check Skokie Patch soon for that story.

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dont worry August 03, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Alex is my lil brothers best friend...REASON HE SHOT AT THE GUY in downtown SKOKIE was because THAT DUDE SHOT AT HIM LIKE 6 TIMES DUDE. DO YOU UNDERSTAND? YOU IGNORANT MORONS OUT THERE THAT KEEP SAYING HES A THUG AND TOOK IT IN HIS OWN HANDS DONT KNOW WHAT UR TALKING ABOUT. YOUR NOT WEARING HIS SHOES TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HE WAS GOING THRU...WHEN HE SAW THE GUY IN DOWNTOWN HE THOUGHT HE WAS GNA GET SHOT AT AGAIN...DO U UNDERSTAND MORON? WHEN UR IN FEAR FOR UR LIFE AND U SEE THE GUY THATS BEEN TRYING TO KILL U SEVERAL TIMES UR GNA PANIC N SHOOT THINKING HES GNA SHOOT FIRST. YOU IGNORANT STUPID BASTARDS NEED TO STOP JUDGING PPL AND KNOW WHAT ALEX WENT THRU BEFORE HE SHOT AT THE SCUMBAG. IN MY OPINION, ALEX PROTECTED HIMSELF FROM A SCUM WHO WAS TRYING TO KILL HIM SEVERAL TIMES...U NEED TO BE OUT HERE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT US YOUTHS GO THRU BEFORE U JUDGE. SKOKIE POLICE IS SLOPPY, AND OBVIOUSLY ALEX ISNT GNA TELL AUTHORITIES HE WAS GETTING SHOT AT BECAUSE THE DUDE WILL RETALIATE WITH HIS GANG MEMBERS. ENOUGH SAID..FREE ALEX SOBALLE HE WAS JUST PROTECTING HIMSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dont worry August 03, 2012 at 08:58 PM
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN MY BEST FRIEND TURNER YAGHOUB WAS KILLED BY THAT CAR WASH ON MAIN ST? HOW COME SKOKIE POLICE DIDNT CHARGE PAUL KHAMAS WITH MURDER? HUH MORONS? REMEMBER WHEN MY BEST FRIEND WAS KILLED...U GUYS KEEP SAYING ALEX "TOOK THE LAW IN HIS OWN HANDS" WHAT ABOUT THE DAY MY BEST FRIEND WAS KILLED WHEN "PAUL KHAMAS" WENT TO THE CAR WASH GRABBED A PISTOL AND SHOT N KILLED AT MY BEST FRIEND..REGARDLESS IF THEIR TRYING TO JUMP HIM AND IT WAS ON CAMERA..HE SHOULDA WENT TO THE COPS RIGHT? ...BY THE WAY PAUL KHAMAS WASNT EVEN CHARGED AND WAS RELEASED OUT OF THE SKOKIE POLICE STATION AFTER HE MURDERED MY BEST FRIEND...THANK YOU DETECTIVE BREHMER!!!!!!
dont worry August 03, 2012 at 08:58 PM
SKOKIE POLICE IS SLOPPY
jeni kim August 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I lived literally across the street from this apartment, was there the day it happened and witnessed this man being questioned by the police...the FIRST time. He was a person that seemed scared or even phased.
too smart to die September 11, 2012 at 05:58 PM
hes a thug but no one is in his shoes only god can judge live by the gun die by the gun if you dont have a gun get one cuz the police cant help you when some one has a gun pointed at your head sleep on that all you model a citizens

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