LAKE FOREST — Investigators have identified more than two unnamed “persons of interest” in the shooting death of Shaft D. Wilson Jr. October 29 on West Estate Lane East in Lake Forest, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Police Sgt. Chris Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force.
Covelli said the names are being withheld because they have not been charged with a crime. He said the “persons of interest” and Wilson, 19, of North Chicago, were acquainted with each other.
The shooting occurred outside a home at 1359 West Estate Lane East where a Halloween costume party was taking place, DailyNorthShore reported on October 30. The party was promoted on several social media platforms.
More than 100 witnesses have been interviewed so far in the investigation, according to a news release from the task force. Police are continuing to follow leads as they develop.
“The people interviewed include party goers, witnesses and others with information on the shooting,” said Covelli. “One of our challenges is some of the party goers are not cooperating with the investigation.” He declined to give a reason.
Police are conducting forensic examinations of DNA and ballistics at the crime laboratory, according to the release. Covelli said a firearm was recovered at the crime scene. It is undergoing both DNA and ballistics tests. He said numerous shots were fired but did declined to say how many
Both the task force and the Lake Forest Police Department are working with the Lake County Coroner’s office as the investigation continues.
Covelli declined to estimate when suspects might be charged. He said the task force does not want anything to disrupt the integrity of the investigation.
“We don’t want to rush the investigation and risk oversight or make mistakes,” said Covelli.
Between 150 and 200 people attended the party, which started Saturday, October 28. When gunfire broke out most the guests started fleeing in various directions, according to residents who live in the area.