ELGIN, Ill. (STMW) — A 23-year-old man shot in the leg early Sunday morning in a gang-related attack in northwest suburban Elgin, police said.
According to Elgin Police Commander Glenn Theriault, officers were called to the area of Jefferson and Porter streets at 1:35 a.m., where police discovered the shooting victim. He was taken to Sherman Hospital with what police said were not life-threatening injuries.
Investigators from the Elgin Police Department Gang Unit were called to the scene and conducted interviews with witnesses and residents, Theriault said.
According to reports, two groups of people were walking in the area, encountered each other and exchanged words. During the exchange, gunshots were fired from one group to the other group, Theriault said. The group the shots came from “immediately fled the area while the victim group remained on scene,” according to a Elgin police press release.
Detectives believe the incident is gang related and the investigation is continuing, he said.
Elgin police are asking anyone with any information for this incident to contact the Gang Investigation Division at 847-289-2646. Anonymous tips or information can be left thorugh 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.
Police also responded to the 500 block of Wellington Avenue at 3:36 a.m. for the report of shots fired. No victims or suspects were found at the scene, no one was injured, and police are still investigating the incident. They do not believe the two incidents are related, Theriault said.