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Police confirmed that four suspects were able to evade arrest after they started a road rage incident that led to a shooting and intense police search in Cary overnight.

The Cary Police Department responded around 11 p.m. Saturday to the area of Cary-Algonquin Road and Harper Avenue in Cary for a report of shots fired.

Cary Deputy Police Chief Scott Naydenoff said officers learned a gun had been fired at an occupied vehicle from a second vehicle.

The victim reported they were driving in their vehicle near the intersection of West Main Street and Cary-Algonquin Road when a vehicle began driving erratically close to their car.

Both vehicles were traveling southbound on Cary-Algonquin Road.

A brief verbal exchange between the occupants of the vehicles occurred before the two cars made contact, Naydenoff said.

The offending vehicle drove off the roadway and came to rest near the intersection of Cary-Algonquin Road and Harper Avenue.

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An occupant of the offending vehicle fired at least one round from a handgun in the direction of the other involved vehicle.

One shell casing was recovered in the roadway but it is believed as many as five rounds were fired during the incident, Naydenoff said. No injuries were reported.

Naydenoff said the occupants of the two vehicles do not know each other.

Four male occupants fled the area on foot from the offending vehicle.

An extensive search for the suspects was conducted with assistance from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office along with the Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills and McHenry police departments.

Canine units and drones were used in the search, which led to the preliminary identification of a possible suspect involved, Naydenoff said.

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Officers concluded the search and processed the crime scene. No suspects were taken into custody.

They are continuing to investigate the identified subject’s involvement.

“Currently, this matter is being actively investigated based on information that has been discovered from the Department’s ongoing efforts. There is no evidence that there is a continued threat to the general public,” Naydenoff said.

Those with security video footage in the area west of Cary-Algonquin Road, north of Klasen Road, east of Route 31 and south of Route 14 are asked to contact the Cary Police Department’s Investigations Section at 847-639-2341.

Police had sent an alert on social media warning residents to shelter in place during the incident.

Many residents said they were frustrated that the police department did not send any alerts through the village’s TextCaster system.

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Village officials said a department member tasked with making the community notification was unable to access the system at the time. The issue has since been resolved.