UPDATE: Contrary To Earlier Report, No Injuries, No Evidence After Reported Shooting Near Walther Christian Academy, Melrose Park Police Say

Friday, April 11, 2014 || By Michael Romain 

In a memorandum released this morning from Melrose Park Police Chief Sam Pitassi, an earlier report stating that an alleged shooting near Walther Christian Academy yesterday resulted in one wounded is not accurate.

According to the memorandum, yesterday at 11:36 AM, Melrose Park police responded to reports of shots fired in an alley on the 800 block of 11th Avenue in Melrose Park, less than three blocks away from the campus of Walther Christian Academy, located at 900 Chicago Avenue in Melrose Park.

According to Jim Craven, Walther’s principal, the reported gunshots may have been in connection to a fight that broke out involving 10-12 teenagers, none of whom he believes are students at the school.

Although the police memorandum doesn’t mention the group of teenagers, it does state that a juvenile has since been brought in for questioning.

“Witnesses reported that two vehicles were in the area of the 800 block of 11th Avenue. Witnesses heard what appeared to be gun shots coming from one of the vehicles. Both vehicles fled from the scene and matter still being investigated by MPPD [Melrose Park Police Department]. A vehicle matching description was located in Maywood and being processed. A juvenile was brought in for questioning about the incident. Area schools were notified and placed on soft lock down for precautionary reasons. There are no victims or offenders at this time and no evidence located on scene.”

Officials at the Maywood Police department could not be reached for comment at this time.

Melrose Park police are asking that anyone with information that may be of help to investigators on the case contact the department at (708) 344-8409. VFP

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