Monday, January 30, 2012

what's the story behind Sunday's early morning gunfire?

Yesterday I woke up at 5 a.m. to a loud boom, then another and another.... 25 in all.  Sure sounded like gunshots to me - from a BIG gun.  Lying in bed, half asleep, I couldn't figure out what direction they were coming from.  It was a disturbing way to wake up.  I figured that someone else in the neighborhood must have heard it, and that everyone didn't sleep through it like my husband.

I posted it on EveryBlock and Facebook and got several responses from other people who heard it, too.  The locations of people who responded covered a wide area: 111th Pl near I-57, 111st St. near Kedzie, 97th & Longwood, 107th & Drew, somewhere on Wood St., 95th & Western.  All reported that they heard MANY shots from a big gun. Some people said they heard shots around 3:00 to 3:30 a.m. AND around 5:00 a.m.  One person said he was listening to a police scanner at the time and heard that many people called 911 reporting shots fired around 5:00 a.m.

A few people also reported hearing another set of gunshots (about a dozen) between 3:00 and 3:30 a.m., coming from the east.  The newspapers have NOTHING on this.  What's the story?  Does anyone have information on what actually happened?


Fargo said...

Since posting this a.m., I've heard that police were dispatched in response to the many 911 calls about shots fired. They were unable to identify or locate those responsible for the gunshots.

Does anyone else have further information on the location and what might have happened?

Sean said...

I heard them as well but I'm pretty sure they were fireworks. Gunshots wouldn't be heard over such a broad area. Somebody on a local Beverly Facebook page said they actually saw them.

Anonymous said...

sound travels at night

Fargo said...

Sounds travels quite a distance when it's quiet at night. I can hear traffic noise from I-57 from my location near Ridge Park.

BTW, here's the EveryBlock exchange about this. Plenty of opinions but no solid answers.