A woman suffered serious injuries after police say she was shot while driving away from a residence near Schlesser Drive and Jennifer Lane in Lakemoor early Wednesday morning. | Photo: Google Street View

Detectives are making significant progress in the search for a gunman who shot a woman with a shotgun in a neighborhood in Lakemoor earlier this week.

A Lakemoor police sergeant was exiting the Lakemoor Police Department around 3 a.m. Wednesday when he heard a woman shouting for help.

The sergeant responded to the woman’s aid and found she was bleeding from the head, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said.

The sergeant requested an ambulance and provided the woman with aid until paramedics arrived.

The woman, a 28-year-old, from Sheridan, Illinois, was transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

A further investigation revealed the shooting occurred as the woman entered her car after leaving a residence in the 31700 block of Jennifer Lane in Lakemoor.

When she entered her car, a man appeared from the side of the residence and fired several shots at her from a shotgun, Covelli said.

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The woman was able to drive approximately half a mile toward the police department where she was located by the police sergeant.

A preliminary investigation shows the woman was likely at the residence for a drug transaction, Covelli said.

Lakemoor police officers determined the suspect who fired the shots fled on foot westbound following the shooting.

The Lakemoor Police Department requested the assistance of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Fox Lake Police Department to establish a large perimeter in the area.

A Lake County Sheriff’s Office canine team responded and tracked approximately a half-mile where the track abruptly ended with indications the offender entered a vehicle.

Covelli said the incident appears to be a targeted shooting and there is no threat to the community.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is assisting Lakemoor Police Department detectives in the case.

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The suspect is not in custody yet, but Covelli told Lake and McHenry County Scanner on Friday that detectives are making “significant progress” in the case.