Drug Deal Turns into Shootout Near Walgreens at Dundee Rd and Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling


When Wheeling police responded to Walgreens at Dundee Road and Schoenbeck Road about 7:04 p.m. Tuesday night, they weren’t sure of the circumstances regarding a young adult male with a gunshot wound. They requested paramedics standby until they secured the situation. Police determined the situation was secure and the man with the gunshot wound had paramedics at his side within about two minutes after police arrived.

An initial investigation discovered two groups of people arranged to meet on the 1100 block of West Dundee Road for a drugs-for-money transaction. The drug deal went sour about 7:00 p.m. and multiple subjects drew handguns and shot each other near the Walgreens at 1199 W. Dundee Road, according to Wheeling police. Police were also investigating a crime scene at Euclid Terrace Condos near McHenry Road and Route 83 after the shooting.

Two people were hit by bullets and suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. One of the victims sought emergency medical help and police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 7:04 p.m. Only one victim was at the scene at Walgreens when police arrived.

About 7:40 p.m. a second male subject with gunshot wounds arrived at a local hospital without the help of paramedics. Both gunshot victims are in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

The investigation is ongoing, but Wheeling police said three suspects are in custody, but didn’t acknowledge whether the gunshot victims were also suspects. Police are seeking approval of charges with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Wheeling police did respond to a report of a gunshot victim, but did not release whether they also received a report of shots fired, or whether any witnesses reported seeing the shooting.

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