CHICAGO — Five teens have been charged with murder after a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed following an attempted auto theft and high-speed chase from rural Lake County to Chicago.
Authorities said it started around 1 a.m. Tuesday with an attempted auto theft in the small town of Old Mill Creek. A 75-year-old homeowner called police to report the crime in progress. The homeowner also opened fire on the group of individuals — adults and juveniles — who were attempting to steal his vehicle.
The group fled the scene in a black Lexus SUV that was stolen over the weekend, police said. The offenders stopped near Route 132 and Hunt Club Road in Gurnee and dropped off a 14-year-old, who had a gunshot wound to his head area, and another man. A Gurnee police officer, who was in the area investigating an unrelated crash, began first aid on the 14-year-old and called for an ambulance.
The 14-year-old was taken to Condell Medical Center, where he later died, police said. A 17-year-old male was taken into custody at the crash scene in Gurnee.
Gurnee police gave chase to the group in the Lexus, which was heading toward Chicago. It was pursued by Lake County sheriff's officers first, then Illinois State Police took over the chase on southbound Interstate 94 near the Dempster Street exit in Skokie.
According to police, the Lexus exited the Kennedy Expressway at Randolph Street and Halsted Street in Chicago, abandoned the Lexus and took off running. Three teens who were in the car, ages 16, 17 and 18, were arrested, police said. A 17-year-old male, was later found hiding in a dumpster near Soho House Chicago and was arrested.
“Certainly it’s a tragic incident. Anytime there’s a loss of life it’s a tragedy; however, we are thankful for the assistance of the Gurnee Police Department and the Illinois State Police. Certainly a collaborative effort by law enforcement to quickly identify what occurred, into custody," said Sgt. Christopher Covelli, Lake County Sheriff's Office.
The five teens were charged late Tuesday with first-degree murder. Diamond Davis,18, was among those charged. The others have not been named by officials. A Lake County judge set bail at one million dollars each. They are due back in court on September 5.