Police: Shots fired during attempted car theft in Mount Prospect

Updated 11/17/2022 9:56 PM

Mount Prospect police are searching for a pair of would-be car thieves they say fired gunshots at a resident who caught them trying to steal a vehicle from his driveway early Thursday morning.

No serious injuries were reported in the shooting, which occurred at 6:12 a.m. on the 100 block of South I Oka Avenue, police said.


According to police, the resident was letting his dog out when he spotted someone attempting to steal the vehicle. After the victim asked what the would-be thief was doing, the suspect ran to an awaiting dark-colored SUV driven by another person.

One of the pair then pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at victim, police said. The victim dove for cover, suffering minor injuries, and the pair sped north toward Prospect Avenue, according to police.

One of the suspects is described as Black, male and then. He was wearing a white shirt or sweater and red or orange pants or shorts. The SUV is described as having a singular, horizontal taillight.

Crime scene technicians recovered multiple 9 mm shell casings at the scene and found damage on the garage from gunfire.

Anyone with information or video footage that might assist with the investigation should call police at (847) 870-5654.

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Police say you should not confront anyone who is breaking into or attempting to steal a vehicle. Instead, get to a safe place and call 911 immediately.

Police said Thursday they also continue to investigate last month's unrelated shooting of a teenage boy on the 1900 block of Seneca Lane.

According to police, the teen and four friends were walking in the area of Aspen Drive and Aztec Lane at 8:28 p.m. Oct. 18 when they were approached by three people. Gang-related comments were yelled, then shots were fired at the victim and his friends, police said.

The victim, who suffered injuries described as nonlife-threatening, and his friends are not residents of Mount Prospect, police said.

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