Male, 18, Shot, Killed; Male, Age 31, Injured in Drive-By Shooting on North Smith St Near Claim St, Aurora


Aurora police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 7:11 PM Wednesday to in the block of 200 North Smith Street Aurora, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics responded to a report of two gunshot victims. On arrival they reported two gunshot victims with no offender on scene.

Both victims were sitting on the front porch of a house when a cream-colored, 4-door vehicle arrived. A gunman exited the vehicle and shot at both men — hitting both. The shooter ran westbound on Claim Street after the shooting. The vehicle the offender exited was driven southbound on Smith Street.

Both men were transported to local hospitals. An eighteen-year-old male was pronounced dead at the hospital at 7:43 p.m. The 31-year-old male was listed in stable condition at another hospital.

Aurora police urge any citizens with information to call Aurora Police investigators at 630-256-5500 or call Aurora Area Crime Stopper at 630-892-1000

LIVE TRAFFIC MAP of neighborhood of North Smith St Near Claim St, Aurora …


Cardinal Note: As of June 5, 2013 — up to and including the date of this article — police incidents related to the above police agency are not reported in real time or within a prompt time period. Police protecting their realm of investigation and police activity, have chosen to use secret military-grade proprietary radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring of public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.

The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from proprietary police communications radios may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and when other similar situations occur, such as when desperate offenders of property crimes are eluding police. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes or hours of its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.

The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also working to prevent possible violent crimes.

Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.

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