An open letter to Village residents from Mayor George Van Dusen:
Earlier this week, two Skokie families received the worst possible news that any parent can receive, one family learning that their child was killed and another family learning that their child was critically injured in a tragic crime. The news saddened and shocked the entire community. We are disturbed when violence of any kind intrudes upon our Village that we hold as a place of safety, kindness and harmony. These values are strong in our community. When violence transpires regardless of our safeguards and thoughtfulness, it requires us to redouble our efforts to be engaged in all aspects of the community.
Update - September 28, 2014 Shooting
The Skokie Police Department continues an intense investigation into the shooting that occurred in the 9200 block of Kedvale Avenue on Sunday, September 28, 2014. A 17-year-old male Skokie resident was killed, and a 17-year-old female Skokie resident was wounded and remains in critical condition in an area hospital.
Skokie Police Chief Anthony Scarpelli expresses his thoughts on the incident and ensuing investigation:
Bringing this case to successful resolution and seeing justice served in an expedient manner are the top priorities of the Skokie Police Department. To preserve the integrity of the investigation, though, there are no additional details that can be released at this time. Rumors are abundant when tragic incidents like this occur, most of which eventually prove false. The public is encouraged to be patient as this multi-faceted, meticulous investigation is underway, and not to take rumors as fact. The Skokie Police Department and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force are working pro-actively, following up on dozens of leads and making positive progress with the case. I emphasize to the community that this was by no means a random act, and the general public’s safety is not in jeopardy.
The Village of Skokie expresses sincere condolences to the family of the young man, and also expresses hope that the young woman will have a full recovery from this tragic incident. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Skokie Police Department at either 847-982-5900 or at the 24-hour, automated Crime Tip Hot Line, 847-933-TIPS (8477).