Shooting, fire hit E.C. housing complex
Tuesday, September 4, 2007 12:41 AM CDT

EAST CHICAGO | The shootings and fires that have
terrorized north side residents for months may have
spread to the West Calumet public housing complex over
the weekend.

Police were called to the 4900 block of Gladiola
Avenue shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday on reports that a
residence had been shot and a vehicle set on fire.

Four children ranging from 1 to 10 years of age were
sleeping in the single-family brick dwelling when
numerous shots tore through the doors and damaged
walls inside. No injuries were reported.

A Fire Department crew arrived to extinguish flames
coming from a brown Dodge pickup parked outside, which
also was hit by gunfire, police said.

When asked by detectives who could have been
responsible for the attack, the 31-year-old resident
of the home reportedly said it could be some residents
from around his mother's house with whom he did not
get along.

The man's parents live in the 500 block of West 142nd
Street, directly in the middle of the north side
neighborhood less than half a mile from City Hall that
has been rocked by gunfire and arsons since early May.