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Aurora cops probe 2 drive-by shootings

Travis Haughton/Staff Photographer

Aurora police on Saturday continued their investigations into two drive-by shootings that occurred little more than an hour apart Friday night on the city’s near southeast side, leaving two men critically wounded.

A 33-year-old man was shot in the neck about 10:15 p.m., as he and two other people were sitting on the front porch of a house on the 600 block of Hinman Street, city spokesman Dan Ferrelli said.

Aurora Fire Department paramedics initially took the man to a local hospital, before he was transferred to a hospital in suburban Chicago, Ferrelli said. He did not identify either facility.

The gunshots “were fired from an unknown make or color SUV that had stopped in front of the house,” Ferrelli said. A house immediately north of where the man was wounded was also struck by bullets, although no one was injured there.

Ferrelli said the second shooting occurred around 11:25 p.m. outside a house on the 300 block of South Spencer Street. A 19-year-old man who was standing on the grounds with several other people was shot in that incident, he said.

“A vehicle described as possibly a black Nissan Altima stopped in front of the address,” and its driver or a passenger “fired a single round, which struck the victim in the chest,” Ferrelli said. That man, too, was taken by ambulance to an Aurora hospital for treatment, he said.

“There are no suspect descriptions in either shooting,” Ferrelli said. “The wounds to both men are considered life-threatening. Both are in critical but stable condition.”

“A definite motive has not been established, but gang motivation has not been ruled out,” Ferrelli said. “It is not known if the shootings are related.”

Witnesses to either shooting, or those who believe they have information about either case, were asked to call the Aurora police investigations section, at 630-256-5500.

Calls can also be made to Aurora Area Crime Stoppers, at 630-892-1000. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous, and qualify for a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest or arrests in either shooting.

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