Zion police responded at 4:31 p.m. Wednesday December 19, 2018 to a report of several shots fired in the blocks of 1500 and 1600 Lorelei Avenue. When police arrived, they found an 18-year-old lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound, according to a statement from Zion Police Chief Steve Dumyahn.
The male victim was transported by Zion Fire Department firefighter/paramedics to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was not initially released pending notification of family.
A stray bullet is also believed to have struck an apartment window of a child’s room at a nearby home, and another bullet ricocheted through the living room of the home. Residents in the living room ducked for cover.
Police are seeking information on the fatal shooting, which police say occurred in a parking lot of the Woodstone Village Apartments. The Lake County Major Crime Task Force and Zion Police Department are investigating the homicide. Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to call the Zion Police Department at 847-872-8000 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222.
The Zion Police Department, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office declared in a joint statement that they are “teaming up to address violent crime in Zion,” including two recent murders.
In early December 2018, Zion police investigated a shoot-out in which more than 30 shots were fired in an alley in the block of 1700 Joppa Avenue near apartment buildings. Police apprehended and detained 17 people from a nearby apartment and recovered two guns.
According to Zion police, an officer was checking on a noise complaint just after 3 a.m. December 2, 2018 on Joppa Avenue when he heard between 20 and 25 shots from an alley. The police officer also heard yelling, tires spinning and a vehicle racing northbound through the alley.
The officer waited for additional officers to arrive and they found that a number of suspects exchanged gunfire in the west alley. Investigators found 38 spent shell casings from a .380 caliber handgun, a 9 mm and a .40 caliber weapon, according to the Zion Police Department.
Investigators detained and identified 17 people in a nearby apartment as having something to do with the incident and they recovered two 9 mm handguns from an attic, according to police. There were no injuries on December 2, 2018, but one person suffered a minor injury while fleeing the area. No arrests were made in connection with the multiple shots fired.
The Joppa Avenue crime scene is located about one mile east-southeast of the Lorelei crime scene.
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