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posted: 1/18/2014 12:43 PM

Elgin police investigating third reported shooting since Dec. 29

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Elgin police Saturday were investigating the city's third shooting since Dec. 29. All are reported to have happened at or as victims left local parties.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a shooting in the 600 block of Wing Street, where a 20-year-old male had been wounded.

Police said when they arrived, the victim had already been taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital, where he was treated and released.

A statement released by police Saturday morning said the victim was leaving a party in the immediate area when he had been struck by an unknown offender. Investigators are now attempting to interview the approximately 50 guests at the party.

Cmdr. Ana Lalley declined to comment on the timing and proximity of the shootings, saying all available information was in the department's media release.

In a shooting early last Sunday, five victims were wounded after they left a party attended by 80 to 100 people on the 200 block of North Street, near the Burger King on Dundee Avenue. As of Thursday, two male victims from that shooting were still hospitalized.

And late last month, officers responded to several reports of gunfire about 12:19 a.m. on Dec. 29 and were told that people were seen running into a residence following the sounds of shots, according to police. Officers were able to locate several spent shell casings in the driveway of the residence, police said. No injured people were located. About 50 people were at a party at the house, police said.

Police are asking anyone with any information on these incidents to contact the Elgin Police Department's Major Investigations Division at (847) 289-2600.

Additionally, individuals can provide anonymous tips or information via the crime line at (847) 695-4195 or by texting 847411 and including ELGINPD in the beginning of the text, along with the message and/or tip information.

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