Chicago, Illinois – 5 teens have been charged in the death of a sixth after he was shot and killed while attempting to steal a car.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies responded to a call in the 17600 block of West Edwards Rd. at around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Deputies dispatched to the call came into contact with a 75-year-old homeowner who said 2 suspects had come up to him with one holding a large knife in his hand. The homeowner feared for his life and fired a gun at the two teens, striking the 14-year-old in the head.
After searching the scene, police found a bowie knife nearby which is believed to be connected with the attack.
The teens loaded the wounded boy into a black Lexus SUV and drove away. They came upon police investigating a vehicle crash located at Rout 132 and Hunt Club Rd. and drove up, telling the officer they had someone in the back seat who needed medical attention.
They pulled out the wounded boy with one of the 17-year-old passengers exiting along with him. While the officer called for an ambulance and began to administer first aid, the other teens drove away at a high rate of speed.
Other police units in the area gave chase for over 40 miles at high rates of speed topping 100 MPH before the SUV ran out of gas in the intersection of Randolph and Halsted.
The four remaining teens took off on foot, but police quickly captured three of them by about 2 a.m. The fourth was located by a K-9 unit hiding in a dumpster nearby.
The injured 14-year-old was transported by medics to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville but was pronounced dead of his wounds.
The five surviving teens, one 16-year-old, three 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old woman named Dimond Davis, were charged with 1st degree murder for the death of the boy during their failed attempt of vehicle theft.
They appeared before the judge yesterday afternoon where the judge set bail for the quintet at $1 million apiece and are to return before the court September 5th.
Police say this does not appear to be the first time the group of teens had committed a similar crime as the black Lexus SUV they were driving had been reported stolen from a home in Winnetka a few weeks ago.
There have been no reports of charges being filed against the homeowner who was in possession of a legally owned firearm and FOID card. Police say he has been fully cooperative with authorities during the investigation.
Sgt. Christopher Covelli, Lake County Sheriff’s Office said about the incident,
“Certainly, it’s a tragic incident. Anytime there’s a loss of life it’s a tragedy; however, we are thankful for the assistance of the Gurnee Police Department and the Illinois State Police. Certainly, a collaborative effort by law enforcement to quickly identify what occurred, (and take the susptects) into custody.”