Brookfield, Riverside police investigate shooting
Brookfield and Riverside police continue to investigate a shooting that occurred when an allegedly intoxicated North Riverside woman was walking down the south side of 31st Street toward First Avenue in Riverside about 1:30 a.m. Monday, police said.
The woman suffered a gunshot wound to her right hip area after she told police a car passed her while she was walking on 31st Street. She fell to the ground, she told police, but didn’t feel any pain, according to police reports. She then continued walking when her friends discovered her and brought her to Loyola Hospital.
Police allege the victim was uncooperative and began commenting about disliking the Brookfield police, who had responded to the call from the hospital. She told police she did not want the police investigating the matter any further, and signed a refusal to prosecute, according to police reports.
“The (Cook County) State’s Attorney will never prosecute a felony crime without a victim,” Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said Wednesday.
Weitzel said Riverside police attempted to meet with the victim at the address she supplied, but it was the victim’s mother’s home. That woman allegedly slammed the door in the officer’s face, said she would not cooperate and that the victim didn’t live at the residence, Weitzel said.
Weitzel said phone numbers the victim supplied also were “fictitious.”
Weitzel added that the story the victim told about the shooting has inaccuracies in it, including which way she was walking while she got shot, which would be unlikely given where the bullet entered her leg.
Riverside police are looking at video footage from surveillance cameras at the Brookfield Zoo entrance to see if they can see the victim or the crime.
“The likelihood of the case going forward is pretty slim,” Weitzel said.
The incident remains under investigation.
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