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.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Military update: God Speed U.S. Navy with the Bicentennial of War of 1812 brings warships, sailors to city for first time since 1999
Navy warships, on their first scheduled cruise in the Great Lakes since 1999, will pull in along Chicago's lakefront Tuesday as sailors celebrate Navy Week and the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
The ships will be on display at Navy Pier, part of a weeklong celebration in which Chicagoans can tour boats and meet sailors. A Navy frigate and patrol coastal ship, a Coast Guard cutter and two Royal Canadian Navy vessels will be on hand.
Also, the annual Air and Water Show will be held this weekend.
With North Chicago's Naval Station Great Lakes serving as the branch's only boot camp, the metro area is better acquainted with the Navy than most Midwestern cities. But military officials say this week — in which Navy divers plunge into the water at Shedd Aquarium and sailors do volunteer work — offers the public a rare chance to interact with members of the Navy.
"We've been a nation at war for the last 12 years," said Rear Adm. Gregory M. Nosal. "Everybody knows the Army is at war. Everyone knows about the Marine Corps. No one knows about the Navy because we've been forward deployed for the last 12 years."
Navy frigates used to cruise the Great Lakes each summer. But budget and security concerns put that program on hold after 1999, a Navy spokesman said, and9/11created different priorities.
Nosal, who commands the Navy's Carrier Strike Group Two, said the bicentennial of the War of 1812 is a logical time to bring warships back to the Midwest. That war, fought in part on the Great Lakes, helped establish free sea trade and shape the role of the modern Navy. The War of 1812 also led to the treaty in which the U.S. and Canada agreed to demilitarize the Great Lakes.
Beyond the history, Nosal hopes Chicagoans and sailors connect on a more personal level next week.
"To be able to walk in your own country," Nosal said, "and wear your uniform and to have local American citizens come up and say, 'Thank you for your service,' there's no better feeling."
At least 21 people - including a 15-year-old boy shot during an armed robbery attempt - were wounded in weekend shootings across the city since Friday night.
The bloodiest single shooting happened in the South Side Englewood neighborhood about 6:35 p.m. Saturday when four men were shot in a gas station parking lot, police said.
The four men - all in their 20s and 30s - were all listed in good or "stable" condition at area hospitals early Sunday, despite two of them suffering gunshot wounds to the chest, police said.
Police are seeking a shooter or shooters who fired from a small black vehicle, and no one was in custody early Sunday, police said.
The youngest victim was a 15-year-old boy shot by an armed robber early Saturday in the South Side Calumet Heights neighborhood, police said. He was walking down the 9300 block of South Anthony Avenue at 12:45 a.m. when a stranger pointed a handgun at him and announced a robbery.
The boy was shot in the leg while running away, police said. He was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital in good condition.
The most recent shootings include a 41-year-old man shot in the back about 2:10 p.m. Sunday in the 8300 block of South Burnham Avenue, police said. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
About 4:30 p.m. Sunday, a 19-year-old man was shot in the back in the 700 block of East 68th Street about 4:30 p.m., police said. He was taken in Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center in "stable" condition. Police said the shooting appeared to be gang-related.
About 8 p.m., a 21-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg in the 9400 block of South Forest Avenue, police said, adding that he was taken in "stable" condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
In the suburbs, four people are dead from shootings this weekend. Two of the fatal shootings occurred in separate incidents south suburban Harvey and one in Maywood involved an off-duty Chicago police officer. The off-duty officer fatally shot one of two men who allegedly attacked him after the officer crashed his motorcycle in the west suburb.