Mount Prospect police responded about 8:29 PM Wednesday to a report of shots fired and a gunshot victim near Dempster Street and Algonquin Road Mount Prospect, IL. Police received a report that a man was shot by a man with an accomplice near Dempster Street and Algonquin Road, Mount Prospect, IL. The victim met with firefighter/paramedics at Star Market.
Two people were hit by bullets. A 21-year-old man received a flesh wound in the arm. A 38-year-old man, who lives in Arlington Heights, was hit in the sleeve of his coat or jacket, but was not initially reported injured.
The suspects were described as …
#1. Driver was a male/Hispanic wearing a hoodie.
#2. Passenger was male/Hispanic with a light complexion wearing a baseball cap and a hoodie, and armed with a handgun.
Both suspects fled in a white 4-door vehicle — possibly a Honda or Hyundai. The vehicle was last seen westbound on Algonquin Road from Dempster Street toward Arlington Heights. The crime is possibly gang-related.
Mount Prospect firefighter/paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital.
There was no mention of the shooting on Mount Prospect Police Department’s official Twitter account as of early Thursday morning.
The crime is reported to have occurred at 8:19 p.m.
Police urge any citizen with information to call the Mount Prospect Police Department Investigations Section at 847-870-5654.
IMPORTANT ALERT …
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 encrypted 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 encrypted police communications 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.
Lack of real time information from police dispatch also delays public awareness or eliminates public awareness of general hazards and traffic or other situations in every day living in an otherwise economically thriving community.
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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