Woodridge, IL man Alexander Podgorny out on bail after Chicago police arrested him for ‘randomly’ shooting into Englewood park

Woodridge, IL man Alexander Podgorny out on bail after Chicago police arrested him for ‘randomly’ shooting into Englewood park

CHICAGO (TOC) — Neighborhood activists and residents have been reacting to the arrest of a person allegedly discovered close to an Englewood park with a number of loaded weapons.

“The police division ought to have been canvassing this group, informing the neighborhood what’s occurring,” mentioned Troy Gaston of Black Lives Matter Chicago.

Police mentioned they arrested 29-year-old Alexander Podgorny of Woodridge final Thursday after a Shot Spotter alerted them to a single spherical being fired close to Moran Park

“If this occurred up in Highland Park, it could be on the information each day of the week, sincerely. Simply because it is a Black group, no one seems to essentially, actually care,” mentioned Tio Hardiman of Violence Interrupters.

In accordance with a police report, a metropolis POD digital camera captured a person “firing what gave the impression to be a shotgun” into the park.

Police mentioned a search of Podgorny and his minivan turned up a shotgun, three handguns, an AR-15 model semiautomatic rifle, a whole bunch of rounds of ammunition and a hatchet. The report mentioned “all firearms have been readily accessible and able to be fired.”

“Clearly he had weapons, a cache of ammunition that he fired randomly,” mentioned CPD Supt. David Brown.

“We do not know what might’ve occurred. Was it a home terrorist risk occurring on this group? Anyone inform us one thing,” Gaston mentioned.

As well as, police recovered a “giant variety of handwritten notes” that allegedly contained “incoherent rants about references to mass capturing occasions,” the report mentioned.

Podgorny was charged with 5 counts of felony illegal use of a weapon and is presently free after posting 10% of a $300,000 bond.

“We’re instructed he is on digital monitoring now,” Brown mentioned. “Seemingly, we’re taking a look at different prices.”

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