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Police Search for Gunman in Lemont Road Rage Shooting

A 58-year-old victim remains hospitalized for a gunshot wound to his abdomen following the shooting Monday at 107th Street and Archer Avenue.

A 58-year-old motorist in was shot during an alleged road rage incident Monday morning, and authorities are still on the hunt for the suspected gunman.

Police officers were handing out bulletins to motorists Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of 107th Street and Archer Avenue, where the shooting allegedly took place.

“The Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department is requesting your assistance in a recent road rage incident which escalated into a victim being shot and seriously injured by an unknown offender. The flyer is being distributed to motorists in an effort to receive any information that would assist this agency with this investigation," the flyer stated.

The victim remains in stable condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after being treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen, authorities said.

Frank Bilecki, spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff's Office, said the incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Monday as the victim was heading eastbound on 107th Street near Archer Avenue in unincorporated Lemont.

The victim claims he accidentally cut off a silver or gray pickup truck, and then pulled over to the side of the road to apologize. The driver of the truck, who had also pulled over, then approached the victim's vehicle, pulled out a gun and shot the victim, Bilecki said.

Police are still searching for the driver, who fled the scene after the shooting.

Bilecki said anyone with information should contact detectives at 708-865-4896.

Spencer D. Smith February 15, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I'm not necessarily opposed to CC as long as strict guidelines are in place in regards to whom can do so and when it is appropriate and most importantly, when it's not (a bar fight should not escalate to a shootout). As far as your method of changing the law? That I most definitely approve of. I have seen other pro-CC people whose method of policy change that they support is to just break the law and challenge it in criminal court. I can't see anyone doing that except those with nothing to lose. That said, until the law is changed, no one should be carrying a gun on them unless they're a police officer.
Tom Koz February 15, 2012 at 05:55 PM
"That said, until the law is changed, no one should be carrying a gun on them unless they're a police officer." Tell that to the numerous individuals, and otherwise law abiding citizens, that have averted grave bodily harm/dealth, by "illegally" enjoying their 2nd Amendment right here in Illinois. Just saying.
Dave Urbanski February 15, 2012 at 06:10 PM
According to more complete reports, there was chasing and light flashing etc... prior to the shooting. If I were involved in similar situation, I might pull over if I were afraid that the truck was going to run my car off the road, at 50mph or higher, in the middle of the woods, where the trees are less than 30 feet away from the roadway......yes I'd pull over not necessarily to fight, but to prevent a car + tree situation. . I've never been shot, but I have been in car accident and know many people who have been seriously injured, and my brother in law was killed in a car accident. Maybe the tree will jump out of the way for you. I guess everyone's first impression comes from what they would do in similar situation, so where does this "rendesvous" come from? Stopping to avoid death by auto accident seems more likely than some nefarious activity that is not reported by ANY news agency.
Spencer D. Smith February 15, 2012 at 06:21 PM
That's a pretty generic blanket statement that I'm sure, in your mind, justifies breaking the law. The "otherwise law-abiding" was a key give away. There's no "otherwise." They're simply not abiding by the law. If they don't like the law such as it is, there are options available. The obvious one is to move, of course, but that seems a little extreme and I'm not advocating that. The other, which is how laws are passed (including IL's current stance on gun control) is to make sure your elected officials know which side their constituency stands on the issues and advocate for change. If that doesn't work, change can also be had at the ballot box.
B R February 15, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Thats the problem! its the NEWS! It is nothing but media hype! NO ONE knows what happened. it is all speculation. Were they trying to fight? Did their meeting in the woods this morning go bad? Was it really a road rage incident? Who knows? you can't believe a word that comes from the media! that is why you are called sheeple, you are herded around by the information presented to you, without giving it one shred of independent thought! My speculation is that this incident excalated into a confrontation! by both parties. I am not saying that someone should have been shot, they could have both been hotheaded. we just don't know. it is LEGAL to carry your firearm in the console or glove box as long as the magazine or ammunition is not in it. It can be right next to the firearm but it has to be unloaded. i don't see this as a case of selfe defense or the guy wouldn't have left the scene. The problem here is that all we have heard is what the media has said!!

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