Minors Steal Alcohol - Employee 'Fires' Back

A Skokie man is charged with felony discharge of a firearm after shooting at a group of teens who stole liquor from his family's business on Friday. It marks the third known shooting in Skokie since May.


A Skokie man is facing felony charges after he allegedly shot at several juveniles who stole a bottle of alcohol from his family's business, Dollar House Plus, 4616 Oakton St., on Friday. It marks the third known shooting in Skokie since May 23.

Karam Odisho, 27, of the 8000 block of Kolmar Avenue, was charged with felony discharge of a firearm and reckless discharge of a weapon, police said. What began as a petty theft ended in a shooting after Odisho chased several teens who stole a bottle of vodka from his family's store. After catching up with the group, Odisho fired one shot in the direction of the offenders, according to the police report.

Immediately after, police dispatch received numerous calls about shots being fired near Dollar House Plus. Officers eventually caught up with all those involved. The teens told police that they just went into the the store “to buy some pop and chips” and that Odisho chased after them and “fired a shot into the grass two feet away” from them, the report said.

When questioned about the alleged shooting, Odisho did not give police any information, the report said. Police charged one of the teens involved with misdemeanor retail theft. His name is not being released because he is a minor.

Third shooting since May 

Skokie Patchthat occurred on May 23. In that instance, a 20-year-old man came under fire from someone "known" to him. , that same individual near the intersection of Oakton Street and Skokie Boulevard on June 14.

On July 21, a woman in the 8100 block of Knox Avenue. While no shots were fired, police labeled the incident as a strong-armed assault.

All four incidents occurred within a quarter mile of each other (see map to the right).

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