A 23-year-old woman has died after she was shot in the head during a shooting in Zion on Sunday. Police say the woman was not the intended target.
An autopsy showed Melanie Yates, 23, of Zion, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.
The Zion Police Department responded around 9 p.m. Sunday to the 2800 block of Enoch Avenue in Zion for a report of shots fired.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said police officers arrived and found evidence of several shots that had been fired near the roadway.
Officers also found Yates, who had been shot by “what appears to be a stray round,” Covelli said.
The woman does not appear to have been the intended target. The woman was inside of her home when she was struck by the round.
Paramedics with the Zion Fire Rescue Department transported Yates to an area hospital with extremely critical injuries, Covelli said.
The woman died around 10 a.m. Monday at the hospital. A neighbor told WGN News he heard seven or eight gunshots during the shooting.
Due to the nature of the incident, the Zion Police Department requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force.
Members of the task force continue investigating along with Zion Police Department detectives.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Zion Police Department at 847-872-8000.
Those who wish to remain anonymous can leave a tip by calling the Lake County CrimeStoppers at 847-662-2222 or visiting their website at www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com.