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updated: 8/13/2013 6:56 PM

Waukegan sees spate of BB gun shootings

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  • Someone has been firing a BB gun at people in Waukegan. Six people have been shot since the start of August.

      Someone has been firing a BB gun at people in Waukegan. Six people have been shot since the start of August.
    Courtesy of Waukegan police


At least six people have been shot by a BB gun at various locations throughout Waukegan since the beginning of August, police say. No serious injuries have been reported, and Waukegan police are asking for the public's help in the attacks, which have targeted women, said Joe Florip, commander of community services with the Waukegan Police Department.

"Each of the victims has been in an area close to a street or close to an intersection," Florip said. "All but one case have been women. In that case, the victim was with multiple women, so we're thinking that the offender may not have been shooting at the victim."

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No connections have been made between any of the victims, and none of the victims saw the shooter, police said. Two people reported seeing a white vehicle leaving the area shortly after they were shot.

"Some of the victims have required medical attention, but these could be very serious injuries depending where they're shot," Florip said. "We're concerned with the worst." Suspicious activity can be reported to the Waukegan communications center at (847) 599-2608. If you wish to remain anonymous, call (847) 360-9001. Or you can leave information on the police department's neighborhood policing page on Facebook.

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