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Police: Shooting at Skokie hotel is `gang-related`

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Police investigate a shooting that happened inside a motel in Skokie early Saturday. | Photo by Network Video Productions Police investigate a shooting that happened inside a motel in Skokie early Saturday. | Photo by Network Video Productions
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man was shot inside a north suburban Skokie hotel early Saturday.

The 24-year-old man was shot in the left leg about 2 a.m. inside the Roadway Inn, 9333 Skokie Blvd., according to a police official with knowledge of the incident. The man was taken to Evanston Hospital in good condition, police said.

The shooting is thought to be gang-related, police said. Authorities added that the man shot would not cooperate with officers.

No one is in custody as Skokie detectives investigate.

Meanwhile, the shooting comes on the brink of a comprehensive report that says the Skokie Police Department is understaffed, the Pioneer Press reported. The report, published by the ICMA Center for Public Safety Management, was on display at a village board meeting in late March.

According to the report, titled, "Operations Analysis Report for the Skokie Police Department," personnel have taken on expanded duties in recent years.

"It is our conclusion that the patrol function in Skokie is understaffed," the report said, as reported by the Pioneer Press.

The ICMA report states, "the loss of some police capacity due to the downturn in the economy, combined with the increasingly complex nature of crimes in Skokie, has strained the existing resources of the department."

Trustees will respond to the report's recommendations - and whether to hire additional police officers - on Monday during the village's next board meeting.

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