LAKE FOREST – A 19-year-old North Chicago man was shot and killed outside a house party in west Lake Forest shortly past midnight on October 29, according to Sgt. Christopher Covelli, spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force. Police identified the shooting victim as Shaft D. Wilson Jr., 19, of the 1600 block of Argonne Drive, North Chicago.
No suspects were not in custody as of Sunday night.
WGN-TV on Sunday interviewed the family of the deceased, who said he was at the house with his brother for a “promoter-organized party advertised as a ‘secret’ Halloween affair.” WGN-TV reported that the party’s location was only revealed after attendees bought a ticket, citing the family as sources.
Sgt. Covelli told DailyNorthShore that a 20-year-old Waukegan woman was injured after the shooting, when she was trampled by people fleeing the house. Paramedics took her to a local hospital, where she was treated and released.
Lake Forest police officers already in the area when they were called at 12:05 a.m. for a report of shots fired at a private home on the 1300 block of W. Estate Lane East near Oak Knoll Drive and Lawrence Avenue in a neighborhood bordered by Route 43/Waukegan Road and I-94 in west Lake Forest.
Neighbors told DailyNorthShore they saw several LFPD police cars in the area beginning at around 10:30 p.m. Sgt. Covelli said on Sunday that officers were near the area at the time of the 911 call because they were aware of the party, which had a Halloween theme and included dozens of cars and about 100 people, and that they were monitoring the situation.
He said the party was hosted by an adult who lives in the residence, though the homeowners were not present. Citing the investigation, he could not specify the name or age of the host other than to say the host was an adult over the age of 18.
LFPD officers arrived immediately after the shots were fired, and they found an adult male deceased with a gunshot wound outside of the residence.
Officers, K-9 support and emergency personnel from several neighboring police agencies as well as the Lake County Sheriff’s Office assisted the LFPD after the shots were fired, Sgt. Covelli said. The police set up a perimeter to apprehend suspects, and a police dog tracked at least one suspect to the point where the scent ended, possibly signaling that the suspect had entered a vehicle and escaped from there.
The LFPD requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force. Preliminary investigation shows an argument ensued between several partygoers. During the argument, someone produced a firearm and began shooting.
The shooting is not believed to be random, and there is no indication of a threat to the community.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on Monday morning, October 30, 2017.
Anyone with information should call Lake Forest Police at 847-810-3818 or Lake County CrimeStoppers at 847-662-2222.
DailyNorthShore will update this story as information becomes available.