A man who fled to Pennsylvania after allegedly shooting two people, one of which later died, in Huntley has been extradited back to McHenry County and is being held on a $750,000 bond.
Lewis C. McCracken, 27, of the 200 block of Villa Street in Elgin, was charged with four counts of attempted murder, aggravated battery and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.
The Huntley Police Department responded around 4:18 a.m. on July 18 to the 11800 block of Cape Cod Lane in Huntley for a report of shots fired.
The Huntley Fire Protection District was also sent to the scene after a report of two people shot.
Officers secured the scene and confirmed the offender, later identified as McCracken, had left prior to their arrival, Deputy Police Chief Linda Hooten said.
Officers provided medical aid to two adult men who had gunshot wounds.
They were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. One of the men later died.
A preliminary investigation showed McCracken drove to the house and approached the front door when gunfire ensued, Hooten said.
McCracken allegedly fled the scene in a white four-door sedan.
Hooten said it did not appear to be a random incident and was “specific to this location.”
Police located McCracken’s vehicle but the man fled from the scene.
The Huntley Police Department, McHenry County Major Investigative Assistance Team, Elgin Police Department and Bartlett Police Department worked to identify McCracken as the shooting suspect.
Hooten said that McCracken may have been involved in a carjacking in Bartlett around 4 p.m. on July 18.
The Bartlett Police Department conducted an active investigation searching for him but they were unable to locate him.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office later approved the felony charges against McCracken.
Warrants were issued for the man carrying a $750,000 bond.
Investigators initially believed that McCracken had fled to California.
Hooten later said that an intensive search led to detectives identifying a location where McCracken had been staying in Donora, Pennsylvania.
A search warrant was obtained and served on the residence in September.
McCracken was taken into custody and was being held at the Washington County Jail.
The Donora Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit, Charleroi Pennsylvania FBI Office, Charleroi Police Department, Washington County Drug Task Force and Washington County Regional SWAT assisted with the apprehension.
He was extradited to the McHenry County Jail on Tuesday and remains held on a $750,000 bond, meaning he would need to post $75,000 cash in order to be released.
McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said that the victim who died, a 58-year-old man, died at a rehabilitation facility in Lake County in October, the Northwest Herald reported.
Kenneally said it has not been decided yet whether McCracken would be charged with murder.
McCracken was scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.