Private security guards fatally shot a 19-year-old Chicago Heights man who fired shots at them at a subdivision in south suburban Richton Park, authorities said today.
The shooting occurred before 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the Lioncrest Townhomes
subdivision in the 5000 block of Euclid Lane, according to Richton Park
Security guards hired by Lioncrest confronted two people inside a moving
vehicle after watching the passenger fire numerous shots into the air, police
said in a news release.
After ordering the vehicle to stop, the passenger got out the vehicle and
pointed a handgun at the officers, police said.
The security officers ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he refused and
fired at the officers, who returned fire and fatally struck the man, police
The gunman, Sean D. Smith, of the 200 block of West Elmwood Drive in Chicago
Heights, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4 a.m. this morning, according to
the Cook County medical examiner's office.
An autopsy confirmed that Smith
died from multiple gunshot wounds.
A second person was wounded at the scene, but the police statement didn't
mention exactly how the person was wounded. The unidentified person was treated
at St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields, questioned by authorities and released,
Richton Park police were working with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task
Force to investigate the shooting, authorities said.
Cook County prosecutors were also contacted about the shooting, but the case
remains under investigation.