The coroner’s office has released the identity of a 49-year-old man who was shot and killed while he was mowing his lawn in North Chicago Monday afternoon.
An autopsy showed that Alejandro Garcia, 49, of North Chicago, died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Newton.
The North Chicago Police Department responded around 1:25 p.m. Monday to the 1000 block of Jackson Street in North Chicago for a report of shots fired.
Officers arrived and found Garcia, who lives on the block, critically injured after being shot, according to Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli.
Paramedics transported the man to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.
A preliminary investigation shows Garcia was mowing his lawn when a vehicle drove by on Jackson Street.
An occupant inside the vehicle shot Garcia and fled the area, Covelli said.
Investigators believe the man was specifically targeted.
The North Chicago Police Department requested the Lake County Major Crime Task Force to assist in the investigation due to the severity of the incident.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the North Chicago Police Department at 847-596-8700.
Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip can do so by calling the Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222 or by visiting www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com.
The homicide remains under investigation by North Chicago police detectives and task force investigators.