Less than one week after shots rang out at Oak Lawn’s Memorial Park, the Oak Lawn Police have charged a man.
On the night of May 20th, police officers were dispatched to rocket park at Oak Lawn’s Memorial Park after residents reported that gunshots had been fired. The reports indicated that a white male named “Wally” fired approximately 10 shots in air from a gray SUV and then fled area.
According to the initial reports, Wally and female companion reportedly were involved in some kind of domestic dispute that apparently escalated to gunshots being fired in the air. However, the police are now alleging that Wally injected himself into an argument between his nephew and other “kids” that did not involve a domestic argument. The allegation is that Wally brought the gun to the park and fired three shots in the air and not ten in order to scare the kids. Wally ended up scaring a neighborhood, which reacted quickly and loudly to protect itself.
Oak Lawn Police tactical officers stopped a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the shots fired incident. The driver of the car was identified as Waleed Assad. Believing that Waleed was the Wally that the police were looking for he was transported to the police station. He was interviewed by the detectives and was charged with Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.
The Illinois Criminal Code says that a …
“person commits reckless discharge of a firearm by discharging a firearm in a reckless manner which endangers the bodily safety of an individual.” 720 ILCS 5/24-1.5(a).
Recklessness is further described as when a person …
“…consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that circumstances exist or that a result will follow… and that disregard constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would exercise in the situation…” 720 ILCS 5/4-6.
Wally’s World could be turned upside down since a class four felony carries a potential penalty of one to three years in prison. A judge can sentence someone who is convicted of reckless discharge of a firearm to probation with no jail time.
Waleed Assad was released on an I-Bond. He provided a Hickory Hills address upon his arrest.