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Homeowner shares video, experience of burglars who opened fire on him in Gurnee

The Gurnee resident who was shot at after confronting two men breaking into his parked car has shared surveillance video of the shooting.

Ed Byers was alerted around 12:08 a.m. Thursday to activity in front of his home by his Ring doorbell camera.

Byers noticed two men in his driveway burglarizing an unlocked parked car. When he opened his front door to scare them off, the two suspects opened fire on him.

Ring surveillance video shows one shot fired toward the front door of the home and Byers quickly closing the door before a second shot is fired in the same direction.

Surveillance video captured the moment two suspects opened fire on a Gurnee homeowner in the 900 block of Ralph Avenue Thursday. | Photo: Ed Byers / Ring.com.

“Two shots were fired at me and the first one came close to hitting me in the head and went into the wood above my door,” Byers said on social media.

Byers said his wife had a bullet come within 12 inches of hitting her as she sat on the couch.

“There was nothing in my car except for a few surgical masks and to try and murder someone over that, shows that for some, no lives matter. We are truly screwed as human beings,” Byers said.

The Gurnee Police Department responded to the couple’s home in the 900 block of Ralph Avenue.

Gurnee Police Department Public Information Office Shawn Gaylor said the offenders left the area prior to police arriving. No one was injured.

Ian F. Matus, 18, of Gurnee, and Maseo B. Rosser, 19, of Zion.

Both offenders were wearing face masks and one was seen wearing a black Champion sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. They ran from the immediate area and surrounding video surveillance cameras did not indicate a vehicle was used during the crime.

Detectives connected the incident to a spree of other car burglaries that had been occurring overnight in past weeks. Surveillance video from those burglaries showed one subject wearing a black Champion sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

Gaylor said that arrest warrants were issued for Ian F. Matus, 18, of Gurnee, and Maseo B. Rosser, 19, of Zion.

Matus was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and burglary. Rosser was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and burglary.

Matus was taken into custody without incident and Rosser turned himself in to police on Saturday.


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