After-School Brawl Ends with Shots Fired, One Arrest

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– No one was injured, but there were some tense moments in East Lincolnwood last week when an after-school brawl ended with shots being fired into the air.

On Thursday, September 18, shortly after 3:35 p.m., Officer Chaney responded to the area of Todd and Illinois streets to investigate a report of a subject firing a gun. Commander Mannino, Officers Butler and Kush, Detectives Taylor, Obremski, Varga, Moore, and Corporal Detective Baugh also responded to the scene.

Officer Chaney spoke with witnesses who said they were on the school bus coming home from Rich East High School. According to witness accounts, two students began arguing, and exited the bus to "finish the argument." Several students exited the bus to watch the fight, according to police.

One of juveniles involved in the fight allegedly went into a house to get something. Moments later, an older subject, later identified as Louis A. Brown, 41, 326 Todd St., Park Forest, exited the residence with a black handgun in his waist, according to police. Brown allegedly set the gun down on a lawn chair. As students began running from the area, Brown allegedly went back inside the residence and came out with a black shotgun and fired into the air several times. Several witnesses said Brown then fled the area with the juvenile in a car.

Detectives located the vehicle at Early and Hay Streets and initiated a traffic stop. Brown and the juvenile were taken into custody. During a custodial search of Brown’s person, police located a .45 caliber Glock magazine containing 10 live rounds of ammunition and two live Winchester 12-gauge shotgun shells. Brown spontaneously stated that he is a security guard and has guns at his house in a safe, according to police.

Brown was provided his Miranda Warnings and requested to speak with an attorney, according to police.

Police procured a search warrant for the premise of 326 Todd St., Park Forest. During the search, officers located a "Glock 30" .45 caliber handgun on a chair in the living room. Police also located a "Mossberg Maverick" 12 gauge shotgun in the living room behind the chair. Police discovered two additional handguns and another rifle in a gun safe, and other ammunition in a cabinet.

Detective Taylor spoke to assistant State’s Attorney Delahanty who approved felony charges of unlawful use of weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm.

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