HARVARD – The city is beefing up patrols to calm residents’ fears after a third report of gunshots was made – all in one month, all in the same part of town.
The incidents, all on the city’s southwest area, are believed to be gang-related.
Tuesday was the latest, when police responded at 10:57 p.m. to the 200 block of Admiral Drive for shots that were fired at an apartment building.
No one was injured.
Police believe Tuesday’s shooter was aiming for a person inside the apartment, Police Chief Dan Kazy-Garey said. “Numerous” bullets were fired and found lodged inside the apartment; others hit the building’s exterior.
No suspects have been identified, but the department is pursuing several leads, Kazy-Garey said.
Witnesses described the suspect as tall with a thin build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The suspect is believed to have run to the 300 block of South Division Street, where a vehicle had been waiting, authorities said.
On Monday, police found bullets in the door of a home in the 200 block of West Thompson Street and a truck parked along the roadway.
The first shooting happened April 7, when a 22-year-old man was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening. Police don’t believe that shooting was related to the two this week.
Before police responded to the April 7 incident, three men drove away from the scene in a small, red passenger vehicle.
Kazy-Garey said residents are on edge, but the police department is actively investigating the incidents, with increased patrols and special details.
“Our worst fear is that an innocent bystander, a child or somebody, will be accidentally drawn into that and become a victim of these crimes.”
Kazy-Garey urged residents to report suspicious behavior.
“The residents are concerned and rightfully so,” Kazy-Garey said. “We understand that and are aware of that, but we ask for their help in being aware of their neighborhood – anything out of ordinary, call us. ... That could be that one piece of information that nobody’s looking at yet that might lead to solving these crimes.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Harvard Police Department at 815-943-4431 or CrimeStoppers at 815-943-4343.