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posted: 7/22/2013 5:36 PM

Three wounded as Aurora cops investigate half-dozen shootings

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Daily Herald report

Aurora police are investigating at least a half-dozen shootings over the weekend in which three people were wounded, authorities said Monday.

A 34-year-old man was shot once in the ankle and once in the foot about 11:30 p.m. Friday while he was outside his home on the 800 block of West Galena Boulevard, police said. The suspect was described only as a Hispanic man standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. Police said it appeared the shooter was standing in the first block of South Lancaster Avenue. The victim was treated at an Aurora hospital.

On Saturday, police responded to reports of shots fired near Liberty and Schiller and arrived to find two vehicles and two homes in the 200 block of Schiller had been hit by gunfire. No one was injured.

At around the same time, a 20-year-old Aurora man was dropped off at an Aurora hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck. Police said the victim was uncooperative and told them only that he was shot while walking in the 900 block of Talma Street by someone in a dark-colored vehicle. Investigators said they found no evidence of a shooting in that area.

Two other Aurora men said they were shot at around 3:15 a.m. Saturday as they stood outside a residence on the 900 block of South Fourth Street. Neither man was hit by the shooter who apparently was at the corner of Ashland and Fourth, but bullets did strike the house and a vehicle parked nearby.

Roughly five minutes later, two other Aurora men told police they were shot at as they walked along the 500 block of Rosewood Avenue. They said they came upon two other men as they were walking. One of the other men uttered a gang slogan, they told police, then lifted his shirt and motioned as if he had a gun. When the victims ran away they said they heard gunshots.

Police said a 28-year-old man was shot twice in the hand around 2 a.m. Sunday when he stepped out of a vehicle on the 600 block of Parker Avenue. He said a passenger in a silver SUV heading west on Parker leaned out the window and fired several shots at him. The victim was treated at an Aurora hospital.

Police said no motives have been established in the shootings but they may be related to gangs or drugs.

Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora police at (630) 256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000. Callers to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and may qualify for a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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