A Round Lake Beach woman is in custody after police say a gun exchange meetup led to a robbery attempt in the parking lot of the Walmart in Waukegan, leaving two people shot.
Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Joe Florip said that detectives believe the occupants of a white Dodge Durango and a black Nissan Altima agreed to meet at the Walmart Supercenter, 3900 Fountain Square Place, around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The people involved intended to exchange or trade guns, Florip said.
The Dodge was occupied by Desteny Rodriguez, who is in her 20s and resides in Round Lake Beach, along with an unnamed male in his 20s.
The Nissan was occupied by two males in their 20s.
The group of four met in the Walmart parking lot and at that point detectives believe that Rodriguez attempted to rob the two males in the Nissan, Florip said.
During the incident, shots were fired and both vehicles fled the area. The Dodge, driven by Rodriguez, fled and crashed into other vehicles near Washington and Westwaukee Road.
The male passenger in the Dodge had been struck multiple times by the gunfire. He was transported to an area hospital in serious condition by the Waukegan Fire Department.
The man remains in serious condition Sunday at the hospital, Florip said. Rodriguez was immediately taken into custody at the crash scene by patrol officers.
The Nissan had also fled the Walmart parking lot following the shooting and drove to an area hospital.
One of the two men in the Nissan was struck by gunfire and sustained a superficial wound.
That man was released from the hospital and taken to the Waukegan Police Department. He has since been released from police custody.
The other occupant in the Nissan has not been located yet, Florip said. “This investigation is open and active. More arrests are possible, however much follow up is needed.”
Detectives recovered two semi-automatic pistols and an assault-style weapon in the Dodge, Florip said.
Rodriguez has been charged with armed robbery and unlawful use of a weapon. She is being held at the Lake County Jail on a $150,000 bond.
The three other people involved in the incident are also believed to be from the Round Lake Beach area, police said.
Rodriguez is scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday.