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Investigators making ‘significant progress’ in search for suspect in fatal shooting of Mundelein teen

Gavile Jackson, 18, of Mundelein | Photo provided by Marquita Love.

Investigators say they are making significant progress on the shooting death of a Mundelein teen and are asking for witnesses who saw it to come forward.

Gavile Jackson, 18, of Mundelein, died as a result of injuries received from a gunshot wound, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper.

The shooting happened around 12:55 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of North Lake Street in Mundelein.

Officers arrived and found Jackson suffering from at least one gunshot wound in a parking lot near the Walgreens. Police said the shooting was an “isolated incident” involving a small group of people.

Jackson had a planned meet-up in the parking lot of the Walgreens for some type of exchange with a known acquaintance, Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther said.

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said that the exchange may have been drug-related.

Police investigate a fatal shooting in the parking lot of Walgreens in the 300 block of North Lake Street in Mundelein Thursday afternoon. | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

The acquaintance arrived and exited the passenger seat of a vehicle before shooting Jackson. After the shooting, the suspect fled on foot and the driver of the vehicle fled in the vehicle.

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Jackson suffered life-threatening wounds and was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was pronounced dead.

The Lake County Major Crimes Task Force and numerous police departments responded to the scene. Heavy police activity was seen at the intersection Hawley Street and Seymour Avenue and Route 45 and Hawley Street as officers investigated.

“Based on the circumstances the victim appears to have been specifically targeted and this was not a random act of violence,” Guenther said.

Guenther said that officers were not involved in the shooting despite rumors on social media. The shooter has not been arrested yet and police continue to search for them.

“Dozens of leads have been generated and investigated which are leading investigators closer to a conclusion,” Mundelein police said on Monday.

Investigators believe there are witnesses who saw the shooting take place and they are asking them to call the Mundelein Police Department at 847-968-4600 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222.


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