One in custody after fatal shooting in Tinley Park
BY MIKE NOLAN AND SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY Staff writers March 21, 2013 3:34PM
Updated: April 23, 2013 2:13PM
A deadly altercation and shooting at a Tinley Park convenience store Thursday resulted in a police chase into neighboring Oak Forest, where a massive manhunt took place before the alleged killer was captured, officials said.
A man shot to death in the convenience store’s parking lot was not identified pending notification of family, but he was believed to be in his 20s, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday night, but the medical examiner’s office said no further information would be released until Friday.
No charges against the alleged shooter had been announced as of Thursday evening.
The police chase began at the 7-Eleven store, 16658 Oak Park Ave., and ended with dozens of police vehicles from several towns converging on the Cook County forest preserves near 147th Street and Oak Park Avenue near Oak Forest.
The suspect was caught after a 45-minute manhunt by police from Tinley Park, Oak Forest and Orland Park. A Chicago police/Cook County sheriff’s police helicopter also was used during the search.
The suspect began arguing with the victim at the 7-Eleven at 3:05 p.m. and then shot him, authorities said.
An off-duty officer responded, called for an ambulance for the victim, then pursued the suspect in a vehicle north on Oak Park Avenue into Oak Forest, Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubauer said.
The driver fled from his vehicle on foot near 147th and Oak Park Avenue.
A gold Mercedes-Benz in the parking lot of the Jack Gibbons Gardens restaurant at that intersection was cordoned off with police tape late Thursday afternoon.
Oak Forest resident Jim Hennessy, who lives in a subdivision behind the restaurant, said he heard gunfire in the area. Police did not confirm whether shots were fired at that scene.
Several nearby roads were closed for hours during and after the search.
Police also searched the ground of a wooded area in the 15800 block of Oak Park Avenue, and a scanner report indicated they may have been looking for a weapon.
At the 7-Eleven store, an Illinois State Police crime scene investigator was examining a tan Chevrolet Impala, and the store’s driveways were cordoned off by police Thursday evening.
Several calls to the store resulted in busy signals.
An alert was sent out to Tinley Park residents living within a mile of the shooting, according to a village news release, but there was no immediate danger to residents because the shooter had fled.
“We are shocked and saddened at this heinous crime, but we’re glad the suspect was apprehended as quickly as he was,” Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said in the release.
Contributing: Joseph P. Meier, Dean Magnavite, Donna Vickroy