DeKALB - One man is hospitalized after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg following a shooting near a party where people gathered outside of the Suburban Estates apartment complex late Wednesday.
The 28-year-old man was struck by a bullet from a semi-automatic hand gun, said Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim was taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and then flown to OSF Saint Anthony in Rockford. Police are not identifying the victim, who was lying on the ground outside when a sheriff’s deputy, who was responding to an unrelated call near the area, located him.
“When we were talking [last night], the person was conscious and talking with us last night,” Sullivan said of the shooting in the 1400 block of Twombly Road. “And then later flown [to Rockford] so we don’t have an updated condition.”
Sullivan said the shooting occurred outside the apartment complex.
“It was out in the courtyard area,” Sullivan said. “There was a party going on outside and it happened outdoors.
Sullivan said reports of the shooting came down shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, and a sheriff’s deputy who was at neighboring Suburban Apartments complex on Glidden Road heard two to three shots ring and saw a man appear to flee the scene.
The deputy attempted to chase after the man, on the foot, but the alleged suspect got away, Sullivan said.
Sheriff’s deputies remained on the scene for several hours after, Sullivan said. While no other injuries were reported and no arrests have yet been made, police interviewed witnesses.
DeKalb police and Northern Illinois University police assisted.
DeKalb police also sent out a citywide alert text around 11:10 p.m. which asked residents to avoid the area in the North Annie Glidden neighborhood from Hillcrest Drive to Twombly Road.
Sullivan said no roads were shut down while officers remained on scene to investigate.
The incident remains under investigation and police ask anyone with information to call the sheriff’s office at 815-895-2155 to speak to a detective or call DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272.
This story has been updated as of 2:50 p.m. Thursday, July 29 with information from Andy Sullivan, chief deputy with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.