More facts have dripped out of the bunker known as Oak Lawn’s village hall regarding the shooting earlier this month at Hooters in Oak Lawn. The facts are contained in a police report obtained by the Oak Lawn Leaf with the crime labeled as “aggravated discharge of a firearm”.
At 8:58 p.m. shots were fired at the Oak Lawn Hooters on January 9th and an off duty Oak Lawn Police Officer, working security at the restaurant, contacted the village’s emergency dispatch to report the crime. The officer was sitting in his vehicle parked in the parking lot of the restaurant on his phone when he heard “three loud pops” according to the police report.
The officer, who was assigned as security to the restaurant, initially thought the loud pops were fireworks until he heard two or three more pops that he recognized as “gunfire” according to the police report.
After hearing the second round of gunshots, the officer saw a large crowd “running out of the restaurant in all directions” according to the report. The officer waited for the uniformed officers to arrive on the scene.
Officers arriving on the scene noticed that there were “handgun shell casings scattered around the front door of the restaurant”. One officer also smelled the strong odor of natural gas in the area and the police soon discovered that a gas meter located at 9201 S. Keating had been struck with a bullet or multiple bullets.
At the time of the incident, social media reported that the Oak Lawn police had stopped a blue Malibu and were questioning the individuals in the car. The Village of Oak Lawn Police Department report now confirms that two vehicles were stopped, including a blue Chevy Malibu. None of the occupants were arrested for the shooting.
In addition to the damaged gas meter, officers found “spent handgun casings” on 92nd Street and in the landscaping on the property. The police also discovered a “live round”, a set of keys, and a bullet hole in the glass of the nearby property at 9201 S. Cicero Avenue. Hooters is located at 9159 S. Cicero Avenue.
Hooters restaurant has been cooperating with the Village of Oak Lawn regarding the incident and has had the various security measures in place prior to the shooting. The interior and exterior of the property has 24 security cameras, the restaurant closes one hour earlier than normal Hooters establishments, minors must be accompanied by an adult after 10 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays, the parking lot has enhanced lighting, and off duty officers are on the premises seven days a week from 8 p.m. until closing.