Police are searching for two suspects who attempted to rob a 21-year-old man and then shot him in the back in Zion Monday evening.
A Zion Fire-Rescue Department ambulance was at the scene of an unrelated medical call near the Dollar General, 2466 Sheridan Road, when the 21-year-old victim ran to the area and knocked on the back of the ambulance around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
The victim told police he was shot in the 2800 block of Elizabeth Avenue during an arranged social media meetup to sell THC vaping cartridges.
“The victim met with the buyer but attempted to flee after a second subject appeared. He was then shot by the second subject,” the Zion Police Department said.
The victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the back and was transported by a Flight for Life medical helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. His injury is believed to be non-life-threatening, police said.
Officers located evidence consisting with the victim’s account. A police canine conducted an unsuccessful search of the area.
The shooter is described as a black male with short dreadlocks and wearing a Tommy Hilfiger jacket. He was last seen running eastbound from the scene. Detectives are following up on leads and continue investigating.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Zion Police Department at 847-746-4110 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222.