DeKALB – A 19-year-old DeKalb man has been arrested in connection with a Thursday night shooting in the parking lot on the north side of the 1000 block of West Hillcrest Drive, DeKalb police Cmdr. Bob Redel said.
Tyrese J. Bomar, of the 800 block of West Hillcrest Drive, is being charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, typically punishable by one to three years in prison.
Redel said the weapon has not yet been recovered, and the investigation continues.
Friday morning, plywood covered one of the two glass entry doors of Unisex Hair Salon, which was closed Friday after witnesses said a bullet shattered the glass of a door in the entryway.
Witnesses working at a neighboring business, who asked to remain anonymous because of fear of retaliation, said shots were fired about 6:30 p.m. from the middle aisle of parking spaces, about 35 feet from the glass doors.
A Northern Illinois University safety bulletin described the shooter as a dark-skinned man with a heavy build wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, and it said he fled on foot in an unknown direction.
DeKalb police said at the scene that no one was seriously hurt.
Not quite three hours earlier, DeKalb police received a report of an aggravated assault near Stadium Drive North and Grant Drive West, less than a mile from where the shots were fired, but Redel said the incidents are unrelated.
Victims in the assault said a man in a light green four-door Saturn displayed a handgun about 3:45 p.m., and no one was hurt, according to an NIU safety bulletin.
The two men in the car were described as a dark-skinned man with an Afro and a light-skinned man with dreadlocks, the bulletin said.
More than a dozen officers were working the scene of the shooting Thursday night, several of them interviewing witnesses. Witnesses who live nearby said they heard two to three shots fired, but didn’t get a look at anyone involved.
The bookending businesses, Sea Captain and La Salsa, opened as usual Friday morning.
One business owner said she’s concerned, not just for herself and her staff, but for the families who often patronize her business.