Police and firefighter/paramedics from Roselle responded about 1:30 a.m. Saturday June 27 2020 to a report of shots fired at 10 Picton Road. When Roselle police officers arrived on the scene, they were met with resistance as they approached the home. Police attempted to render aid to victims with gunshot wounds, and discovered one victims shot dead, and four additional victims shot and wounded. One shooting victim was found at Bloomingdale Road and Lake Street in Bloomingdale, where Roselle Road becomes Bloomingdale Road — heading south. Roselle Police Department stated that no Roselle police officers fired any weapons.
Roselle police officers discovered James Elm of Maywood dead from gunfire. Facebook posts following the shooting have referred to the victim as Jamez Elem. Many people fled the scene as police officers requested mutual aid from additional police departments. Police officers were assigned to control the remaining crowd and secure the crime scene, which was secured within 35 minutes of the initial 9-1-1 call, according to the Roselle Police Department.
The crime scene involved a home located in Roselle near Bloomingdale. The home had been rented, and many who were located at the home at 10 Picton Road were from the Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Initial investigation that one person began firing a handgun inside the home, and then several people began firing handguns inside the home. Roselle police revealed Tuesday, July 14, 2020 that over 60 gunshots were fired at the scene.
Roselle Police Department also revealed that the department has observed many rumors being passed along about the case on social media. The police department is attempting to “assemble as much valid information on the case as possible , while working to protect the victims in the case and bring offenders responsible to justice. Information on social media has referred to the house as a rental house listed on Airbnb and Vrbo. Airbnb and Vrbo categorized as a short-term or vacation rental marketplace that without owning any properties acts as a broker, receiving commission from each booking.
Roselle detectives, MERIT (Metropolitan Emergency Response & Investigation Team) Investigators, Forensic Unit Investigators and Assistant state’s Attorney are actively working the case, and have been following up on leads which have been developed from the physical evidence at the scene. The case involves an ongoing active police investigation, involving a complex and tedious process with collected evidence being forensically assembled to reconstruct the events that took place during the incident.
Roselle Police Department urges any citizens with information about the case to contact Detective Sergeant Robert Gates by calling 630-671-4027 or emailing [email protected]
Garfield Park refers to the neighborhoods of East Garfield Park and West Garfield Park — each neighborhood is one of 77 designated community areas in Chicago. The two neighborhoods are on Chicago’s west side, where the City of Chicago is five neighborhoods wide. Garfield Park, including the Garfield Park Conservatory, is an urban park between West Garfield Park and East Garfield Park, and is actually located in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. The area is one of the most violent and dangerous areas in Chicago, and is the site of many gang member gun battles. On September 8, 2015 police began to find a dismembered toddler over the weekend after a citizen reported something suspicious in the Garfield Park Lagoon.
The Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) runs through the south side of both neighborhoods. The Garfield Park area is about 26 miles from 10 Picton Road in Roselle, and is about a 29-minute trip.
The east border of the East Garfield Park neighborhood is 4,000 feet west of the United Center and Malcom X College.
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