OAK FOREST, Ill. (WLS) — Four people have died in Oak Forest after neighbors said a man was seen shooting family members outside his home before barricading himself inside and setting the fire at home.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims Friday afternoon as Briana Rodriguez, 22, Emilio Rodriguez, 20, Lupe Gomez, 43, and Carlos Gomez, 44.
The man’s next-door neighbour’s Ring camera captured video of the incident Friday morning in the 5500 block of Ann Marie Lane in Oak Forest.
ABC7 viewed the video, which appeared to show a man shooting three people outside the house while one ran away. The man can then be seen entering the house and barricading himself inside, then setting the house on fire.
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Neighbors said they woke up to more than a dozen gunshots around 6:30 a.m. Oak Forest Police said they initially responded to a domestic disturbance involving a report of gunshots in the area around 7 a.m.
Upon arrival, police said they found two gunshot victims in the driveway and a third on the road south of the house.
Oak Forest Police pulled the victims into their squad cars while the suspect was still at the scene. They were taken to local hospitals but later died of their injuries, police said.
Meanwhile, the suspect was still inside the house when police said a minor was safely evacuated to police before the fire broke out.
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Police initially asked residents who live in the area to shelter in place, but said there was no longer a threat to the community around 10 a.m.
Neighbors said the family had lived in the house for about eight years and there was a recent history of trouble there, but no one imagined it would end like this.
“A normal family like us,” neighbor Cody Wilson said.
“The neighbors there were all shocked as well,” added Cheryl Wilson. “They don’t understand what happened.”
A neighbor said the family had been acting strange in recent weeks and said they heard a lot of arguing and shouting. He said the police had already been called to the house.
“We’ve just sat here for a bit and watched this unfold in disbelief,” neighbor Jake Bittner said. “That’s a hell of a way to wake up.”
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Emergency crews were on the scene all morning and went inside to investigate once the fire was extinguished.
There they found the fourth deceased person, believed to be the suspect.
The ages of the suspect’s and victims’ identities are still not released until more families can be notified.
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The neighbors are truly devastated and in shock at what happened.
“We just ask that everyone pray for the family,” Cody Wilson said.
Oak Forest High School canceled its homecoming parade on Friday, citing “an ongoing incident in the community.”
Neighbors said at least one surviving family member was a student at Oak Forest High School. Two of those killed were former pupils, Superintendent 228 of the Bremen school district. Brad Sikora said in a written statement.
Oak Forest High School and other schools in District 228 will have counselors available to meet with any student or staff member in need of assistance.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant. Ryan Burnett at the Oak Forest Police Department at 7086871376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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