Suburban Shootings

Man Shot in Mall Parking Lot in Hoffman Estates

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Police say a man was shot in a strip mall parking lot in Hoffman Estates Thursday night. It happened at about 10:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of West Higgins outside of Rookies Sports Bar and Grill. The victim was transported to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. His condition is…

Construction Workers Found Dead in Lockport were Shot

Two workers who were found dead in a Lockport construction site both died from fatal gunshot wounds, the Will County Coroner said Wednesday. The bodies of brothers Marco Ceja Sanchez, 37, and David Ceja Sanchez, 36, were found inside a townhouse that was under construction Tuesday morning by a project foreman who arrived early to…

Manhunt for Killer of C.N. Security Guard Continues in South Suburbs

Police in Chicago’s south suburbs were continuing to search Sunday night for an armed and dangerous murder suspect. On Saturday night, the suspect stole two cars and murdered a security guard before vanishing into the night. The crime spree started in Harvey, where the suspect stole a car and crashed it near a Canadian National…

CN Railroad Security Guard Shot, Killed in Harvey

Police are searching for a man who shot and killed a Canadian National Railroad contracted security guard and stole two vehicles Saturday evening in south suburban Harvey. About 7 p.m., a woman called police to report a man stealing her car, according to Harvey city spokesman Sean Howard. The woman was able to get in…

Lawsuit Filed: Violent Correctional Officer used Service Gun in Shooting, Suicide

A Cook County correctional officer had previously shown “violent behavior” and should not have had access to the service weapon that she used to shoot her ex-girlfriend and the woman’s father before turning it on herself last year in southwest suburban Bridgeview, a lawsuit alleges.

Erika Aguirre, 28, broke into the basement of Deisy Jaimes’ family’s home late Nov. 15, 2015, shot the 27-year-old woman in the left eye, and then shot her father Enrique Jaimes in the back, according to the suit filed by the family Monday against the Cook County sheriff’s office.

Aguirre, a four-year veteran of the Cook County Jail’s intake division, then fatally shot herself in the head in the kitchen of the home in Bridgeview’s 7200 block of South Roberts Road, authorities said at the time.

The suit claims Aguirre had been suspended twice for insubordination and “violent behavior and outbursts” at the jail, including two months before the shooting when she threatened another correctional officer.

The family says the sheriff’s office should have known Aguirre was undergoing anger management counseling and “lacked an appropriate mindset” to carry a gun, the suit says.

“We are aware of the lawsuit and are carefully reviewing its allegations. The safety of our staff and the public is our highest priority,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said in an email.

Deisy Jaimes, who ended a years-long relationship with Aguirre months before the shooting, suffered permanent brain damage, and her 52-year-old father is unable to walk without assistance due to spinal cord damage, the suit says.

The three-count suit seeks more than $150,000 in damages.

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U of I Shooter Surrenders to Police

A man wanted in connection with last weekend’s fatal shooting near the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus turned himself in to police Thursday night. Robbie M. Patton, 18, surrendered to police about 10:15 p.m., according to a statement from the Champaign Police Department. He was ordered held on $5 million bail after he was charged…

4 People Gunned Down in Evanston

Sun-Times Wire-Four people were wounded in a shooting Tuesday night in north suburban Evanston. Officers responded shortly after 10 p.m. to a call of a shooting near Foster Street and Jackson Avenue, according to a statement from Evanston police. Witnesses told them multiple people were standing in the area when a suspect in a field…

MELROSE PARK teen shot in the head sitting on front porch

The family of a 16-year-old boy from suburban Chicago says he was shot in the head Friday night while sitting on his porch and is on life support at a hospital. Dawson Stephan’s brother tells the Chicago Tribune the teen was with two friends on the porch of their home in Melrose Park when someone…