A 35-year-old Zion man has been identified after he died on Monday nearly two weeks after being critically wounded in a shooting in Zion that left a second person also seriously injured.
An autopsy on Tuesday determined that Walter Godbolt, 35, of Zion, died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Officers with the Zion Police Department were on patrol around 8 p.m. on December 1 when they heard several shots fired somewhere north of 21st Street and Sheridan Road.
Zion Police Department Lt. Christopher Sweeting said officers located the source of the shots in the 1800 block of Thompson Avenue.
Two gunshot victims were located inside a vehicle that was parked in front of a residence, Sweeting said.
Officers began to render aid to the victims until paramedics arrived, according to Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesperson Heather Cognac.
Godbolt and the second victim were transported to local hospitals by the Zion Fire and Rescue Department.
Sweeting said at the time that one of the victims, later identified as Godbolt, was not expected to survive due to the extent of his injuries.
Godbolt was transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
The other victim, a 44-year-old Zion man, was transported to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan in critical condition, Cognac said.
The offender or offenders fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers, Cognac said.
“It is believed that the victims in this incident were targeted and there does not appear to be an immediate threat to the community,” she added.
Godbolt was pronounced dead Monday afternoon at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, the medical examiner’s office said. His death has been ruled a homicide.
An update on the 44-year-old man’s condition was not immediately available.
The Zion Police Department is being assisted by the Lake County Major Crime Task Force in the investigation.
The shooting remains under active investigation by Zion Police Department detectives and Lake County Major Crime Task Force investigators.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Zion Police Department at 847-872-8000 or leave an anonymous tip with Lake County CrimeStoppers by calling 847-662-2222 or visiting www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com.