The family of a 17-year-old boy says they are heartbroken after the teenager’s life was “cut way too short” when he was fatally shot in Round Lake Wednesday evening.
An autopsy performed Thursday showed that Chad Greenenwald, 17, of Fox Lake, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said officers in the Round Lake area began a search around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a 911 call from a cellphone.
A Round Lake Beach police officer located a black Mercedes at the Citgo gas station on the corner of Cedar Lake Road and Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach.
Officers saw the Mercedes had been damaged by gunfire and found Greenenwald with a gunshot wound, Covelli said.
The boy was not breathing and officers began performing CPR after calling for the fire department.
Greenenwald was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was pronounced dead.
Covelli said a further investigation showed Greenenwald was a passenger in the vehicle that sustained the gunshot damage.
It was determined the shooting occurred in the area of Midland Drive and Sycamore Drive in Round Lake.
The driver of the Mercedes, along with Greenenwald and a third occupant, were in the area to meet someone.
Covelli said the group was approached by at least one person on foot and a shooting took place a short time later.
The gunman fled the scene and the Mercedes drove off.
The driver of the Mercedes drove to the Round Lake Beach gas station where officers located the vehicle and Greenenwald, Covelli said.
The Round Lake Police Department requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force with the investigation.
Greenenwald’s aunt Toni Barycki said the family’s hearts “literally feel broken” following the death.
“You have been through so much, and your life cut way too short. From the tiny baby who couldn’t wait to be born and came to his own baby shower, to the amazing young man who spent his last summer working so hard,” Barycki said.
“You will always be the big hearted young man who loves deeply, hugged me every time I saw you, and didn’t have enough time to do all the amazing things I know you would have done,” Barycki said.
A GoFundMe account created to help the family with paying for Greenenwald’s funeral service has raised $1,400 so far.
“The tragic and sudden loss of Chad has left us with no words to express our sorrow,” Barycki said.
The homicide remains under investigation by Task Force investigators and Round Lake officers.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call the Round Lake Police Department at 847-546-8112 or Lake County CrimeStoppers on through their website at www.lakecountycrimestoppers.org.