Editor’s note: The shooting is still under investigation.
LAKE FOREST — The Lake County Major Crimes Task Force is getting closer to naming a person of interest in the shooting homicide of Shaft D. Wilson Jr., 19, of North Chicago October 29 in Lake Forest after interviewing more than 60 witnesses.
“The investigation is progressing with interviews of witnesses.” said Sgt. Chris Covelli, a task force spokesman, in a DailyNorthShore.com interview November 2.
Covelli said police are piecing together the evidence that led to the death by gunfire of Wilson outside a social-media-promoted Halloween costume party attended by between 150 and 200 people in a home at 1359 West Estate Lane East in Lake Forest.
Neighbors first started noticing a large number of cars parked on Estate Lane, a small street with eight homes ending in a cul-de-sac, and Oak Knoll Drive around 10:30 p.m October 28. Oak Knoll is perpendicular to Estate.
Covelli said Lake Forest police were aware of the party as early as 10:30 p.m. and increased patrols to monitor the situation for any criminal activity. Many people have wondered why police did not end the party early because of the size of the crowd and the noise. Covelli said that was not appropriate in a private home.
“There was nothing illegal (reported) in relation to the party,” Covelli said referring to the activity before shots were fired.
Lake Forest City Manager Robert Kiely Jr. said in an email to DNS that he does not believe a permit is required for a party in a private home.
<img class=”size-full wp-image-180921″ src=”http://jwcdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/103017-estate-lane-home-cropped.jpg” alt=”” width=”968″ height=”545″ /> This West Estate Lane East home in Lake Forest is where the party took place.
Whether there will be any charges brought against the host of the party or the property owner will be a decision made by Lake Forest police after the homicide investigation is complete, according to Covelli.
“Any evidence of illegal activity ancillary to the party will be given to the Lake Forest Police Department at the conclusion of the homicide investigation,” said Covelli.
The host of the party and occupant of the home is an adult relative of the property owner, according to an October 30 news release from the task force. The home is owned by a trust, according to real estate records. The tax bill for the home is mailed to an address on Oak Knoll less than two tenths of a mile from the party location.
The party was promoted on social media platforms and admission was charged, according Covelli. The promoter was an acquaintance of the host, according to the release.