Five are in custody after police say a car owner fatally shot a man trying to steal his car near Antioch and then the man was dropped off in Gurnee by the other suspects, who led police on a chase early Tuesday morning.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday to the 17600 block of West Edwards Road in unincorporated Antioch for an attempted vehicle theft.
The owner of the car told sheriff’s deputies he shot at the suspects trying to steal his car and then they fled the scene, according to Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli.
A short time later, Gurnee police were at the scene of a crash at Grand Avenue and Hunt Club Road around 1:35 a.m when a stolen 2015 Lexus SUV approached the scene with six people inside it.
The occupants in the vehicle told police officers that one of the people in the car needed medical attention, Covelli said. One of the occupants in the car helped remove the injured man from the vehicle.
Police arrested the suspect who got out of the car but the other four fled the scene. Paramedics responded and transported the man who had been shot to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was pronounced dead.
The Gurnee Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office began pursuing the suspect vehicle, at which point speeds reached over 100 mph, Covelli said.
The Illinois State Police and Chicago Police Department joined the pursuit around 1:45 a.m. and it ended in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood near Halstead Street and Randolph Street.
Three men and a woman were taken into custody around 2 a.m., according to Illinois State Police. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that the investigation is still in the preliminary stages and additional information will be released soon.