West Lakeview Gunfire Was Warning To Local Drug Dealer, Cops Conclude

Gunfire early Monday morning was likely a warning meant for a drug dealer, cops concluded | Google

Ten years ago, it could’ve been an episode of Weeds

Yet a  burst of six gunshots near Melrose and Ashland early last Monday morning is very serious for area residents and cops have concluded that the incident was likely someone’s way of issuing a warning to a neighborhood drug dealer.

Mary-Louise Parker as a single mom pot dealer on Weeds | Showtime

The shots rang out in an alley between the 1500 blocks of Melrose and School around 1 a.m. Video footage provided to CWBChicago showed a male figure walking in the alley, followed moments later by six gunshots and muzzle flashes that danced off a nearby garage.  The apparent gunman then fled back west, the direction from which he came.

Detectives this week concluded that the shooter was likely providing a warning to a nearby resident who is engaged in the narcotics trade, according to a source.

The National Elk’s Memorial on the southwest corner of Diversey and Lakeview.

Apparent Suicide Near Elk’s Memorial

Police are conducting a death investigation after a 58-year-old man was found dead in a minivan outside of the Elks National Memorial at Diversey and Lakeview on Sunday afternoon.

A passer-by reported hearing a single gunshot from the van, which was parked in front of the Memorial at 2710 North Lakeview around 4:15 p.m.

Responding officers found the man dead in the van’s driver’s seat with a single gunshot wound to the right side of his head. A revolver was recovered from inside the van.

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