OAK FOREST, Ill. (WLS) — Four people are dead in Oak Forest after neighbors said a man was seen shooting his family members outside his home before barricading himself inside and setting the house on fire.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victims Friday afternoon 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 of the incident Friday morning in the 5500 block of Ann Marie Lane in Oak Forest.
ABC7 saw the video, which appeared to show a man shooting three people outside the home while one ran away. The man can then be seen going back into the home and barricading himself inside, then setting the home on fire.
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Neighbors said they awoke to more than a dozen gunshots around 10 p.m. 06.30. Oak Forest police said they initially responded to a domestic disturbance involving a report of shots fired in the area around 1 p.m.
When they arrived, police said they found two gunshot victims in the driveway and a third in the road south of the home.
Oak Forest police pulled the victims into their squad cars while the suspect was still on the scene. They were taken to local hospitals, but later died from their injuries, police said.
Meanwhile, the suspect was still inside the home as police said a minor was safely evacuated to police before the fire broke out.
Police initially asked residents living in the area to shelter in place, but said there was no longer a threat to the community around 10 p.m.
Neighbors said the family had lived in the home about eight years and that there was some recent history of problems there, but no one imagined it would end like this.
“A normal family just like us,” neighbor Cody Wilson said.
“The neighbors over there were shocked too,” added Cheryl Wilson. “They don’t understand what has happened.”
A neighbor said the family had been acting strangely in recent weeks and said he heard a lot of arguing and screaming. He said police had previously been called to the home.
“We just kind of sat here and watched it unfold in disbelief,” neighbor Jake Bittner said. “That’s one hell of a way to wake up.”
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Emergency crews were at the scene throughout the morning and went inside to investigate once the fire was out.
There they found the fourth deceased person, who is believed to be the suspect.
The age of the suspect and the identities of the victims are still not being released until more families can be notified.
Neighbors are truly devastated and in shock at what has happened.
“We’re just asking everyone to pray for the family,” Cody Wilson said.
Neighbors said one surviving family member is a student at Oak Forest High School.
Oak Forest High School canceled its homecoming parade Friday, citing “an ongoing community incident.” A spokesperson for Bremen High School District 228 confirmed that the homecoming football game will still take place on campus Friday night.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Ryan Burnett at the Oak Forest Police Department at 7086871376 or email@example.com.
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