LAKE FOREST — Two people died in what police believe was a domestic dispute in downtown Lake Forest around 6:20 a.m on January 3. Lake Forest police said the woman who was killed died from gunfire. Late Wednesday evening, Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said he was uncertain how the man died.
Lake Forest police officers responded to a call about gun shots in the 600 block of N. Western Avenue at 6:20 a.m. Officers located a deceased man in the parking lot behind Dunkin Donuts and a woman, age 27, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, where she died, according to Deputy Chief R.D. Copeland of the Lake Forest Police Department.
Dr. Cooper said in a DailyNorthShore.com interview late Wednesday evening that his office planned to do an autopsy on the man at 9 a.m. January 4. He said he saw the body of the deceased man but would not say whether gunfire was the cause of death when asked by DNS.
“At this time I cannot be specific as to what I saw,” said Cooper. “We won’t know until we get into it. I won’t know the cause of death until we have the autopsy results.
Cooper said the results will be released Thursday afternoon along with the names of the victims, provided their next of kin has been notified.
In two news releases from the Lake Forest Police Department January 3 few details were disclosed. The first release issued late Wednesday morning indicated “preliminary information gathered at the scene indicates this may have been related to a domestic dispute between the two deceased individuals.”
The Chicago Tribune reported that the woman was active-duty Navy and worked at Lovell Federal Health Center in North Chicago, which is next to Naval Station Great Lakes and about four and a half miles north of downtown Lake Forest. An email from Lake Forest College administrators to students stated that both victims were from the naval station.
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DailyNorthShore Editor Adrienne Fawcett contributed to this article.