OAK FOREST, Illinois (WLS) — Four people are dead in Oak Forest after neighbors said a man shot his relatives outside his home before barricading himself inside and setting the house on fire.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office on Friday afternoon identified the victims as 22-year-old Briana Rodriguez, 20-year-old Emilio Rodriguez, 43-year-old Lupe Gomez and 44-year-old Carlos Gomez.
The man’s neighbor’s Ring camera captured video Friday morning of the incident at the 5500 block of Ann Marie Lane in Oak Forest.
ABC7 watched the video, which showed a man shooting three people outside the house as one runs away. The man can then be seen entering the house and barricading himself inside and then setting the house on fire.
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Neighbors said they were awakened by more than a dozen gunshots around 6:30 am.
When they arrived, police said they found two gunshot victims in the driveway and a third on the road, south of the house.
Oak Forest Police Department pulled the victims into their patrol cars while the suspect was still on the scene. They were taken to local hospitals but later died of their injuries, police said.Read:Senate candidate John Fetterman was embraced by voters at his first Philly campaign rally
Meanwhile, the suspect was still in the house when police said a minor was evacuated safely to police before the fire broke out.
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Police initially asked local residents to take shelter but said there was no threat to the community by 10 a.m.
Neighbors said the family had lived in the house for about eight years and that there had been problems recently, but no one expected it to end this way.
“A normal family like us,” said neighbor Cody Wilson.
“The neighbors there were all shocked too,” Cheryl Wilson added. “They don’t understand what happened.”
A neighbor said the family had been acting strangely in recent weeks and said he heard a lot of arguing and yelling. He said the police had been called to the house earlier.
“We sat here for a bit and watched in disbelief as it unfolded,” said neighbor Jake Bittner. “It’s a great way to wake up.”
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Emergency services were on the scene all morning and went inside to investigate the fire.
There they found the fourth deceased, who is believed to be the suspect.
The ages of the suspect and victims’ identities are still not being released until more family can be informed.
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Neighbors are really devastated and in shock at what happened.
“We ask everyone to pray for the family,” said Cody Wilson.
Neighbors said a surviving relative is a student at Oak Forest High School.
Oak Forest High School canceled its homecoming parade Friday, citing “an ongoing incident in the community”. A spokesman for Bremen High School District 228 confirmed that the homecoming football game will still take place on campus Friday night.Read:GOP feeling better about Walker’s chances in Georgia
Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Ryan Burnett with the Oak Forest Police Department at 7086871376 or [email protected]
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