Suspects in Glenwood shooting released
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com August 30, 2012 5:22PM
Glenwood police investigate the scene of a shooting in an apartment building at 557 Carroll Parkway Monday, August 27, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 1, 2012 5:51PM
Four suspects captured after fleeing a Monday shootout at a Glenwood apartment building were released by police Thursday morning, but they still face charges pending an analysis of ballistic evidence, Police Chief Demitrous Cook said.
Police found two more weapons — a 9 mm handgun and a sawed-off shotgun — in a door panel in the suspects’ minivan, but the victim’s lack of cooperation with police meant the suspects had to be released because they weren’t being charged within 72 hours, Cook said.
Police say the four men kicked in a back door to the apartment of Jeffrey Dawkins, 21, in the 500 block of Carroll Parkway and fired upon Dawkins, who was in bed with his 2-year-old son. The child was not harmed.
Police found casings from two different weapons in the apartment, leading them to believe Dawkins fired back, striking two of the suspects. A 9 mm handgun was found Monday in Dawkins’ apartment, but Cook noted the suspects also had a 9 mm handgun.
Dawkins and two of the suspects were hospitalized after the incident but all since have been treated and released.
Cook said none of the men involved would talk to police, which prompted the Cook County state’s attorney’s office to seek an interview with the 2-year-old. But the child’s mother did not allow that.
“Hopefully, by the time the evidence comes back, the victim will have fully recovered and may be willing to cooperate,” Cook said.
Police earlier this week had asked for the public’s help in finding the suspects’ weapons, which they thought were tossed out of the vehicle.
“The burden of having a handgun lost in the community has been lifted,” Cook said.