Maywood Police have released the identification of the victim in a shooting that happened last Saturday, near 6th Ave. and St. Charles Rd.
Dave Williams, of Joliet, was reportedly driving in the area at around 9:30 a.m. when his vehicle was shot at, said Police Chief Valdimir Talley. The chief said Williams may have been on his way to pickup a family member or someone he knew at the time of his murder.
A passenger who was in the car with Williams reportedly ran away from the scene, according to police.
“We believe that the shooter may have known Williams,” said Talley during a recent phone interview.
Talley said that the Saturday homicide was the village’s fourth one this year. There were two homicides in January and one over the July 4 weekend. The January homicides, Talley said, were both solved.
One of those homicides, the chief added, may ultimately be ruled justifiable by the Cook County State’s Attorney. Talley said it appears that the shooting may have occurred out of self-defense.
“I thought I was going to be able to positively report to the board almost an 80 percent decrease in homicides compared to this point last year,” said Talley. “With this new one, we’re still tracking lower than last year, but it’s more like 50 percent fewer.”
Last year around this time, Talley said, the village had sustained roughly seven homicides, with some cases considered double homicides.
“We definitely are looking to implement some strategies, because we don’t want the homicide rate to increase anymore than it has. Chicago has already seen something like 380 victims this year. We don’t want to see a pattern of crime traveling from the city.” VFP
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