PARK FOREST, IL — After a December 6 shooting that nearly injured a young child, police told residents they had arrested someone in connection with the incident on Mantua Street.

Officials said a person fired at two men walking along the street but missed both, sending the bullets flying into a house behind them. Police said a bullet flew through a child’s bedroom window but narrowly missed the young boy as he was lying in bed at the time.

After investigation, police determined that the shooting was the result of a previous fight between the shooter and the two men. Authorities did not immediately respond to questions about the involvement of firearms in the previous incident.

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On Thursday, police and the South Suburb Emergency Response Team arrested a 40-year-old convicted felon as he executed a search warrant at a home in the 300 block of Neola Street. Police told Patch they recovered a handgun from the scene and later charged the man with one count of aggravated discharge with a firearm.

Officials said the arrest was just one of four recent arrests linked to incidents around Park Forest with two recovered handguns.

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“We are sharing this information to keep the community informed and to warn potential criminals that you cannot escape justice when committing violent crimes in Park Forest,” the department said in a social media post.

Police had not released the name of the 40-year-old man from Park Forest who was arrested on Friday evening.

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