5 wounded in shooting at Wheeling home, police say

Several bullets went through living room window

ByMaher Kawash via WLS logo
Sunday, July 31, 2022
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Five people were shot in front of a home in north suburban Wheeling early Saturday morning, according to police

WHEELING, Ill. (WLS) -- Five people were shot at a home in north suburban Wheeling early Saturday morning, according to police.

It happened around 5 a.m. in the 800 block of South Fletcher. The victim's ages range from 28-30 with "wounds of varying degrees," Wheeling police said.

"This normally doesn't happen here. This is a good neighborhood," said neighbor Louis Arrela.

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A preliminary investigation revealed the incident was sparked by a disagreement earlier at a restaurant/bar in neighboring Prospect Heights, police said. A group then went to the home on Fletcher and opened fire. Police said this was not a drive-by shooting.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified said he heard the shots.

"I heard rapid fire gunshots, I thought it might have been just a kid next door popping up some rounds," he said. "About five minutes later the fire department rolled up, the police rolled up and five ambulances rolled up."

Several bullet holes went through the living room window. The homeowner told ABC7 that his two sons were in the kitchen at the time and avoided getting hurt.

"I heard about 8-10 gunshots. It was pop, pop, pop. One right after the other," Arrela said. "A little scary."

Police said everyone involved in the shooting has been cooperating. They also said there's never been any previous concern or criminal activity at the home.