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