One man wounded in pair of Elgin shootings early Sunday
By Janelle Walker For The Courier-News March 3, 2013 12:02PM
Updated: April 5, 2013 6:23AM
ELGIN — Police were investigating the wounding of a man amid two reports of shots fired early Sunday morning — one inside the Gasthaus bar, 15 N. Grove Ave. downtown, and another a few hours later at Walnut Avenue and Billings Street.
A man with a gunshot wound showed up at the Sherman Hospital’s emergency room at 3:40 a.m. — 20 minutes after the second shots-fired report, said police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault.
Police were called to the Gasthaus at 12:30 a.m. Sunday following multiple 911 calls from there indicating shots had been fired in the bar, Theriault said.
“We were running into the bar as witnesses were running out,” he said.
Police interviewed witnesses at the scene, and evidence — including blood — was found there. However, no one appeared injured, he said.
“Forty people in the bar — no one could tell us what hap pened,” Theriault said.
Three hours later at 3:20 a.m., multiple 911 calls reported shots fired at Billings and Walnut, Theriault said. At that location, several bullet casings were found, but no injuries were reported on the scene. Police were unsure if there was any property damage.
It was not immediately clear if the two incidents were related.
A squad car driven by an officer responding to that scene was struck by a vehicle at Chicago Street and Edison Avenue, leaving the squad car with moderate damage. The driver of the second vehicle was charged with driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license, Theriault said.
The victim who was treated for a gunshot wound to his arm at Sherman Hospital was later arrested on an outstanding warrant, Theriault said.
Police continued to investigate all of the reports, he added.