by Dave Noble, City News Editor
ELMHURST – With only 24 hours to process limited information about an attempted robbery and shooting in Elmhurst Thursday afternoon that sent a 27-year-old man to the hospital with a gun wound to the hip, local residents expressed relief and took solace as they went about their Friday morning routines, confident that the police description of four “Hispanic males” wanted in connection with the crimes is a clear indicator that the suspects “can’t be” from Elmhurst.
“I couldn’t even name four Hispanics who live in Elmhurst” said 38-year-old retired mortgage broker Trevor Cunningham earlier this morning, drinking coffee while accompanied by his 85-pound Alaskan Husky outside of the downtown Elmhurst Starbucks. Cunningham was one of 20 random people interviewed by The Elmhurst Funion earlier today around town in order to gauge the community’s reaction to the shooting.
Over at Courts Plus, 63-year-old lifelong Elmhurst resident Gloria Weller took a break from using an elliptical machine and listening to NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” on her iPod to weigh in on the shooting and express her concern for the victim, who was reportedly taking out the trash when he was approached by the suspects. “I heard he lives in Elmhurst,” said Weller of the shooting victim. “But I’ll bet you $200 worth of Kohl’s Cash that he’s not from Elmhurst.”
While many residents noted an obvious correlation between taking out the trash and drug dealing, others were more concerned with how the incident will affect them personally.
“I’ve been living in Elmhurst for seven years now,” said 44-year-old financial analyst Wendy Monroe, waiting for the 7:28 a.m. Union Pacific train at the Elmhurst Metra Station. “The thing that bothers me the most about the shooting is that it reflects poorly upon me and my family. How can I possibly post an Instagram photo of me and my husband having dinner at Café Amano without worrying about the reaction I’ll get from my followers who are aware of the shooting?”
Anyone with information or video of the immediate area is asked to contact the Elmhurst Police at 630-530-3050.