‘Chaotic’ Funeral Procession Leads to Arrest of Shooting Suspects

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @mawyoodnews 

Four people were arrested on Dec. 5 during a funeral procession headed west toward Hillside’s Oak Ridge Cemetery.

According to a Chicago Sun-Times Media wire report, at around 2 p.m., 911 dispatchers fielded a call of shots fired on “the Eisenhower Expressway in Forest Park as a funeral procession was traveling west. Moments later, police were dispatched to a call of shots fired at Harrison Street and Mannheim Road in Hillside.”

Another caller told dispatchers that the bullets were coming from a car in the funeral procession, Hillside Police Chief Joseph Lukaszek told reporters, adding that the procession was “total chaos.”

People were hanging out of car windows and driving wildly, Lukaszek said. The chief added that one of the cars may have been involved in multiples shootings earlier in the day in Chicago.

According to a Chicago Tribune report, “Lukaszek and other responding officers attempted to pull the car over, but the chief eventually made a decision to ram his SUV into the vehicle to force it to stop.”

“I disabled the vehicle to eliminate the threat,” the Tribune reported Lukaszek as saying.

Police arrested and detained three men and a woman, all in their 20s, the Tribune reports, adding that three “firearms were recovered from the vehicle, including a Glock handgun with an extended magazine for more than 30 rounds.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, charges were still pending against the four suspects, who, the Tribune reports, have been arrested a combined 160 times.

Lukaszek said that police think that the chaotic procession was gang-related and that gang-related funeral processions headed to Hillside’s Oak Ridge Cemetery have become a regular problem.

The chief said that his department has reached out to community leaders and the Cook County Sheriff’s office for help dealing with the problem. VFP 

Read the full Tribune report here. Read the full Sun-Times Media wire report here

4 thoughts on “‘Chaotic’ Funeral Procession Leads to Arrest of Shooting Suspects”

  1. Chief Lukaszek,
    You are doing a wonderful job, I pray for your safety.
    I’m “Old School” born during an era where respect was not an option it was mandatory . This generation has no clue about respect and places no value on life. Never in my 62 years have I witnessed such disgraceful behavior. You and fellow officers are in my prayers.

  2. This was a brave act by Hillside Police Department Chief. These young kids has been acting a fool during situation like this. I see funerals come thru the western suburbs down roosevelt an young people hanging out cars yelling, but for these young people to have guns that’s ridiculous. I’m glade they was arrested and the guns is taken off the streets.

  3. I want to thank the Hillside Police Department for a job well done of arresting the perpetrators that did this “chaotic” scene during a funeral procession. What is wrong with the younger generation is no home training at home. I can’t say it in a different or abstract way, but parents are not “parenting” their child. One person said to me that “It starts at home, and it goes abroad.” Think about it!

  4. 160 arrests? At what point does it become apparent that someone is just a piece useless trash and shouldn’t be let out. No tears shed if they had been shot by police.

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