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Police believe that a case of mistaken identity was the reason a Burbank house was peppered with bullets last weekend.
Shots were fired at a home in the 7500 block of South Lockwood Avenue in the early morning hours of August 24. No injuries were reported.
According to Division Chief Mike Dudlo, the incident was retaliation by gang members. Information developed during the course of the investigation lead police to believe the intended target was a house occupied by known gang members down the block.
“We are confident that the victims’ house of the weekend shooting was a mistaken identity,” Dudlo said. “That target [intended] house has a gang member residing there and rival gang members were retaliating for a couple of other incidents that person was involved in.”
“We have talked to quite a few of our known gang members over the past few days. But as is often the case, gang members aren't always the most cooperative people,” Dudlo added.
Evidence recovered at the scene was sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for analysis however Burbank police don’t expect to receive the results from those tests for at least six months. “The lab is very back logged and since no one was shot [or] killed, this would not qualify for a rush on the results,” Dudlo said.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the police department tip line at 708-793-3388. Callers may remain anonymous.