Officers responding to a call of suspicious subjects chased down two teenagers, who were armed with guns, on the same block where a shooting occurred the day prior in Zion.
The Zion Police Department responded around 2:53 p.m. Saturday and again at 3:40 p.m. Saturday for separate 911 calls of gunfire in the 2100 block of Hebron Avenue in Zion.
No arrests occurred during either response, according to Zion Police Department Lt. Derek Zaloudek.
Officers were again called to the same block around 1:06 p.m. Sunday for a call of suspicious males.
A resident concerned about the recent gunfire reported that two males were wandering around in an alley masked with the hoods of their sweatshirts over their heads, despite the heat index being 85 degrees, Zaloudek said.
Officers responded to the area and found the two males, later learned to be a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old.
The two juveniles fled from the alleyway towards the roadway but encountered additional responding officers.
Zaloudek said the juveniles doubled back towards the alley. One of them produced an unserialized Polymer P80 9mm handgun and the other produced a Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm handgun.
The juveniles tossed the handguns into a trash can and fled into an apartment on the same block.
Officers pursued and took them both into custody without further incident. Both handguns were recovered.
The adult resident of the apartment knew the juveniles but told officers the two boys were already not welcome there and did not have permission to enter the apartment that day, Zaloudek said.
Both juveniles were charged with four counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and one count of resisting a peace officer.
Both suspects were transported to the Robert W. Depke Juvenile Complex Center in Vernon Hills.
The police department said they do not have information on whether or not the two teenagers remain held in the juvenile detention center.
“The Zion Police Department thanks the members of the public for reporting suspicious circumstances that oftentimes lead to arrests and the removal of firearms from dangerous hands,” Zaloudek said.