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21-year-old woman dies after being shot in Zion

File Photo (Zion Police Department) | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A 21-year-old woman who was gunned down in a Zion alley during a ‘targeted attack’ early Sunday morning has died in the hospital, police said.

The Zion Police Department responded shortly before 4:30 a.m. Sunday to the emergency room at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

Officers met with the ER staff and learned that a 21-year-old Zion woman was brought to the hospital with serious injuries after suffering a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Officers learned that the shooting took place outside in the 2300 block of Jethro Avenue in Zion. Officers and detectives responded to the scene to collect evidence, Zion police said in a statement Sunday morning.

The woman was pronounced dead around 1:30 p.m. Monday. Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said on Wednesday that an autopsy has not been conducted yet and he could not publicly release her name.

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force is also assisting in the investigation due to the seriousness of the incident, Zion Police Chief Kirk Henderson said.

Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said that the woman was sitting in a vehicle in the alley near a residence when she was specifically targeted by the gunman.

No arrests have been made yet but Task Force investigators and Zion detectives continue to make progress in the investigation, Covelli said.

“We do not believe there is a threat to the community at large, this appears to be very targeted,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Zion Police Department at 847-872-8000 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222.


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