BROOKFIELD – The Brookfield Police Department has stepped up patrols at night and is asking for the public's help after receiving three reports of shots fired since May.
According to Lt. James Episcopo, such reports in Brookfield are rare.
"We haven't had any reports like that in some time," Episcopo said. "It hasn't happened in a long time."
Police responded at about 2 a.m. May 27 after receiving a call that five shots were fired at a home in the 4200 block of Maple Avenue. Despite several people being inside the home at the time of the shooting, no one was injured. Police found several bullet holes in the home and shell casings on the street in front of the home.
A Brookfield resident and a McCook police officer also reported hearing shots fired June 19 in the 4500 block of Park Avenue. Eight shell casings were found outside the home, police reported. The McCook officer drove toward the sound of the gun shots and was later involved in a high speed chase with a white SUV that was fleeing the area. The SUV crashed in the 7100 block of 40th Street in Stickney and the driver was not found.
According to Episcopo, the department has stepped up patrols in the areas where the shooting were reported, and are continuing investigate them separately. Because the investigation is ongoing, Episcopo said he could not comment further on the department's tactics.
Episcopo said residents could help by reporting any suspicious activity or sounds to police. Residents should try to provide police with good descriptions of vehicles or suspicious persons, include vehicle color, direction of travel and details of what a person looks like or what they are wearing.
"That's really helpful," he said.