SWAT teams executed search warrants in Winthrop Harbor Thursday evening in connection to the Wednesday homicide of a 20-year-old man in Zion.
The Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) Emergency Services Team, along with the Zion Police Department and Lake County Major Crime Task Force, executed the warrants at multiple locations in the 600 block of Sheridan Road in Winthrop Harbor Thursday evening, Zion Police Lieutenant Derek Zaloudek said.
The warrants were related to the homicide of Willie Wright Jr., 20, of North Chicago.
The Zion Police Department and Zion Fire & Rescue Department responded at 7:31 p.m. Wednesday to the 4200 block of Barberry Lane in Zion for reports of a man, later identified as Wright, who was shot outside an apartment building.
First responders performed life-saving measures on Wright and transported him to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead, Zaloudek said.
An autopsy performed Thursday showed Wright died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.
NIPAS and police departments from Lake, McHenry, and Cook counties gathered Thursday evening at the Zion Police Department, located at 2101 Salem Boulevard, before executing the warrants.
Multiple witnesses reported seeing dozens of police vehicles traveling northbound on Route 41 and Interstate 94 towards Zion.
The SWAT teams were later seen arriving in the 600 block of Sheridan Road in Winthrop Harbor at around 8 p.m. Thursday to execute the warrants.
Sheridan Road from 7th Street to Park Avenue was shut down while SWAT responded.
Police were focusing on an apartment building located at 608 Sheridan Road.
A male subject was seen exiting the building with police at around 8:45 p.m. It is unknown how the subject is related to the investigation.
SWAT teams cleared the scene shortly after. Investigators were also seen inside the apartment building at 608 Sheridan Road.
It is unknown if an offender is in custody.
Zaloudek said there is no danger to the community.
Police are not yet releasing further information as the investigation is still ongoing.