McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting on Wild Plum Rd Near Crystal Lake

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A shooting in unincorporated Crystal Lake has left four people injured and on person dead (ABC 7 Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ

McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies, Crystal Lake police, and firefighters and paramedics from Crystal Lake responded about 3:56 a.m., Wednesday, August 9, 2023 to a report from a caller that he shot four people and that he had shot himself or was going to shoot himself at a house in the block of 5800 Wild Plum Road near Crystal Lake.

McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies secured the house and advised paramedics to move up to the house by about 4:24 a.m. Crystal Lake police officers were also on the scene. According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting is an isolated incident with no threat to the general public.

There was initial report of one self-inflicted gunshot — male victim fatally injured at the scene. Also, there was a report of one female injured, who was treated and rescued from the house by a McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy. The deputy brought the victim to a paramedic ambulance in staging. She was then transported to a nearby hospital.

The total number of victims was not confirmed. Initially, it was unknown if there were another three shooting victims at the house — the balance of the four initially reported shot by the shooter.

McHenry County shooting; death investigation underway, and a statement from McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Eric Ellis. YouTube Tips ⓘ

A MABAS Division 5 EMS Box Alarm #5-351 was activated about 4:22 a.m.

Firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Algonquin, Cary, Huntley, Nunda Township, Wauconda, and Woodstock were assigned to the scene. Some crews were returned before they arrived.

Firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Algonquin, Barrington-Countryside, Marengo, and West Dundee were assigned to stand by in nearby fire stations.

The MABAS Division 5 EMS Box Alarm #5-351 was struck out at 4:41 a.m.

The shooting occurred in a house in a residential neighborhood southeast of the intersection of Route 176 and Route 31 in the Prairie Ridge subdivision in Nunda Township. The subdivision is east of Crystal Lake and south of Prairie Grove.

The nearby LifeNet helicopter was unavailable due to weather. There was a National Weather Service Dense Fog Advisory activated from 3:46 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. Visibility was forecast to be one-quarter mile to one-half mile.

The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.


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