Prospect Heights police responded about 10:56 PM Saturday to a shooting at 701 Piper Lane Prospect Heights, IL. Police received a report that at least one person was shot in the head. Police on the scene report that two people were shot in the parking lot.
Firefighter/paramedics initially staged away from the scene until police determined the scene was secured. No offender(s) remained in the area. The scene was secured by police by 11:00 p.m.
At least one of the gunshot victims was transported to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
The offender(s) were initially described only as driving a gray vehicle last seen westbound on Piper Lane.
The apartment complex is located just south of Chicago Executive Airport and Palatine Road west of Milwaukee Avenue.
The neighborhood is equipped with outdoor police security cameras, and is a known hot spot for violent crime.
Prospect Heights police have no official Twitter or Facebook for emergency notification. Prospect Heights uses “reverse 9-1-1” notification via Northwest Central Dispatch System 9-1-1 Center, but it is unknown if any notifications were broadcast for this incident. Prospect Heights also uses a “Notify Me” but is not known if this system was used for notification of this incident.
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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