Authorities have identified a 47-year-old woman who was shot and killed by a gunman as she sat in a car in North Chicago last weekend.
An autopsy showed Pamela Vera Ismailjoski, 45, of Zion, died as a result of injuries sustained from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek. Toxicology results are pending.
The North Chicago Police Department was alerted to a gunshot victim who was driven to their police station around 12:15 a.m. Sunday.
Police officers arrived and found a woman, identified as Ismailjoski, with gunshot wounds in the front passenger seat of a vehicle.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said that a preliminary investigation shows Ismailjoski was with a male acquaintance.
The two were in a vehicle parked in the 1500 block of Lincoln Street. Lincoln Street in this area is one-way for southbound traffic only.
Ismailjoski was in the front passenger seat and the man was in the driver’s seat.
As the two were in their vehicle, another vehicle drove past them and parked directly in front of them, Covelli said.
An occupant inside that vehicle pulled a gun and shot several times at the victim’s vehicle.
Ismailjoski was struck by gunfire but the driver was not shot. The offending vehicle then fled from the scene.
The man drove directly to the North Chicago Police Department, which was nearby the scene, to seek help for the woman, Covelli said. Ismailjoski sustained significant injuries and was pronounced dead.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and the autopsy was conducted on Tuesday. Banek said that Ismailjoski’s last known permanent address was in Zion but she had recently been staying at a residence in North Chicago.
“We have been in close contact with the family of Ms. Ismailjoski and our heartfelt condolences go out to them during this difficult time,” Banek said.
The North Chicago Police Department requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force.
The incident remains under investigation by the North Chicago Police Department, Lake County Coroner’s Office and the Major Crime Task Force.
Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call North Chicago Police at 847-596-8700. Anonymous tips can also be submitted at lakecountycrimestoppers.com.