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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 14, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I have a medal in marksmanship on the 9 mil via my service in the military. I would not have earned that medal if I had to shoot from a car seat with my seat belt on.
Spencer D. Smith February 14, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Real quick, also want to say I'm the glad the guy who got shot lived. He did not deserve what he got even if he cut the guy off.
Dan February 14, 2012 at 04:10 PM
That's great shooting - in all seriousness, from one shooter to another. My point, thought, is not this one situation we're getting zeroed in on here. There is an entire range of situations that could happen and do happen every day, in which the opportunity and means to defend oneself should be a right that is not restricted.
Dan February 14, 2012 at 04:13 PM
And by the way, thank you for your service. Disagreement or not, that's one thing for which I will always say thank you.
Tom Koz February 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Was the shooter legally allowed to own a firearm (not a felon)??? Are we absolutely sure this was NOT a self defense shooting???? I'm sure all the anti-gunners will blatantly try and use this to push their "guns are bad" agenda.
CC February 14, 2012 at 08:28 PM
people this is Illinois no one can carry.who cares if it was self defense you can't carry(ILLINOIS ONLY)..And your nuts to think If It was legal to conceal carry I would be ready to defend myself from some guy who gets off the road after I cut him off to confront me.BAD GUYS WILL ALWAYS HAVE GUNS. BUT THEY WOULD BE A LITTLE MORE CAREFUL WHO THEY POINT THEM AT IF ILLINOIS HAD CONCEAL CARRY.CONCEAL CARRY PERMITS TO GUN OWNERS WHO ARE CHECKED BY THE STATE POLICE BEFORE ISSUED....OR JUST LEAVE IT LIKE IT IS HAVE THE BAD GUYS WHO CAN CARE LESS ABOUT LAWS JUST HAVE GUNS.
CC February 14, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I'm going to take some time and list all the states in the country without conceal carry. 1.ILLINOIS NOW IF I WAS A BAD DUDE WHERE WOULD I TRY TO MURDER RAPE BEAT STEAL ETC ETC?
GS February 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Have to agree with CC here. We need CCW here in COOK cty and the rest of the state of IL. I want the option to protect my family if this situation should ever arise when I am at Target shopping, or god forbid something like the Lane Bryant shooting were to happen again.
Jefferson February 15, 2012 at 02:18 AM
The shooter may have been less likely to pull a gun on someone if he thought that there was a chance that the other person had a firearm on them. That is why CC causes crime to drop. Since the shooter was in Illinois the chance someone else was carrying is extremely small since it is against the law, therefore there was no deterrent.
Hank Olenick February 15, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Excellent idea , whenever a new baby is born in IL along with their birth certificate and ss# they should all be issued a handgun and ammo. That way there would never be another shooting.
Jefferson February 15, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Hank, I think you missed the point. Right now only the bad guys have guns, there is nothing to make them think twice about using their weapon against you or me or my mother, daughter or wife. More guns in the hands of law abiding, responsible, trained individuals would bring crime down and give the innocent a chance.
Robert Bykowski February 15, 2012 at 05:39 AM
This is all speculation (unless it's been stated and I missed it), but in this specific scenario, there was no reason for the shooter to believe the other guy didn't have a gun. He had one, why isn't it possible the other guy didn't? It's not as if the shooter (probably, again, all speculation) approached the situation with his gun and felt confident the other guy didn't have a gun because Illinois doesn't have conceal carry. I don't buy the idea that if conceal carry were permitted, this situation would've been avoided. The guy who wanted to shoot someone because of an instance of road-rage? He's going to shoot regardless. The people with those tendencies are always going to shoot anyway. And if conceal carry were allowed, and the other guy was carrying, he still probably would've ended up getting shot, unless he lives a very paranoid life where he expects to be shot in any situation and just lives with his finger on the trigger at all times.
Robert Bykowski February 15, 2012 at 05:40 AM
*did as well, not didn't
Jefferson February 15, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Robert, I am not suggesting if we had cc that this situation could have been avoided. However there is a big reason to suggest the shooter didn't think the other driver had a gun and that is that 99% of the population follows the gun laws of the land. The law in this state doesn't allow any type of open or concealed carry. His odds were near 100% that he was facing an unarmed man. That is the problem! Had the driver been armed maybe the situation would have played out exactly the same way it did. I still contend that if we had cc the bad guys would have to think twice and some of them would choose not to go ahead with the crime.
Jefferson February 15, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Let me ask you this for those of you who are against concealed carry. Name for me one of the 49 other states that allow concealed carry, that has initiated legislation to repeal that right. 49 other states can not be wrong! If Miami, New York and Los Angeles can function with concealed carry without the wild west breaking out then so can Chicago. Chicago members of the state house of representatives are the only thing holding back Illinois at this time. The courts are trending in favor of the 2nd amendment and this issue will end up in front of the supreme court soon if Illinois does not get on board.
Spencer D. Smith February 15, 2012 at 06:39 AM
I'm neither for or against CC, since I can think of plenty of pros and cons on both sides of the coin. However, I am very much for math, and statistical studies, when not done by an organization with bias, show that CC does not improve crime rates or make it any less likely one will get assaulted. The argument of "if only bad guys have guns, then we are defenseless" while making sense on it's surface doesn't really play out statistically, since bad guys will STILL carry guns and most people still won't. Sure a small percentage of people will. That statistically small group is mathematically very unlikely to ever have a legal reason to pull their gun in self-defense. Anyone who thinks a CC law would have defused this situation has a very depressing worldview where everyone is paranoid about everyone and all confrontations at least begin with a veritable showdown of who has easiest access to their pistol. Me? I'll still go for the handshake and apology. It's worked for me so far and I've lived in quite a bit more "dangerous" areas than Lemont.
Robert Bykowski February 15, 2012 at 06:44 AM
I know what you're saying, but I still think the guy with a gun who's mentally prepared to shoot someone over a traffic incident is going to shoot someone regardless of odds or laws. Over the weekend in Downers Grove a woman involved in a domestic incident shot her boyfriend in the neck with a shotgun. That kind of thing is going to happen if the person wants it to, regardless of laws. I just don't see CC as a deterrent to much of anything, personally. I guess we're different that way.
Hank Olenick February 15, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Thank you Spencer and Robert, I agree . I assume you all know I was being sarcastic in my previous statement. I personally do not wish to live in a society where everyone is presumed to be packing heat at all times. Yes the bad guys will always have guns and yes even if a cc law is passed in IL that will not assure you can "protect your wife and kids". Given any disagreeable situation whether it be road rage or an argument with your neighbor or a domestic dispute , I really don't think throwing guns into the mix are going to make it better.
Spencer D. Smith February 15, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Of course we did. No worries. I found it interesting that in a previous comment, someone mentioned NYC, Miami, and LA as places where CC is allowed and the argument for was that they haven't reverted to Wild West shootouts. My obvious retort is that none of the three have magically become crime-free utopias either, have they? Even if CC were legal, there'd be NO WAY I'd carry within city limits. Chicago policeman have a very strict policy of shooting first and maybe answering questions later. People have literally been killed because they were eating a hot dog. Perhaps this is because they ketchup on the hot dog though as I'm pretty sure this is a serious crime in Cook County.
B R February 15, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Sounds kinda dumb to me! If there was no contact made between the 2 vehicles then why did the guy stop??? To apologize to the guy he cut off??? That is a big pile of BS!!! There is more to this story, alot more. I am thinking their rendezvous at the forest preserve didn't go as well as hoped!
Spencer D. Smith February 15, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Yeah, I thought was a little strange too. I don't know if "rendezvous at the forest preserve" is how I would frame it, but it is odd.
Greg Alan February 15, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I agree with Jefferson 100% I used to live in Lemont, for many years. Now live in Kansas. I have a CCH, (conceal-carry) and own a handgun. I've owned one in Illinois, and had a FOID card. That card, only permitted me to OWN a gun, and use it at the shooting range, and for home protection. My CCH here in Kansas, is valid in 13 other states. I took the course here, which is mostly about gun laws, (concerning your right to defend yourself, where you may carry, and subsequent consequences should you need to use your weapon) the actual shooting test is basic, (at short range) and most CCH permit users practice on their own. It's ALL about SAFETY, and knowing YOUR RIGHTS--of when you make the choice to "pull that trigger". In the story of this driver getting shot, if it were to happen to me, I would be 'justified', at defending myself, my family, and my property...and I would certainly USE my weapon. Like Jefferson...there are many Pro/con situations. I don't believe that holders of a CCH want to act like John Wayne, and "flash" their weapon! I NEVER want to threaten someone with my gun. Remember: It's CONCEALED! Nobody is suppose to see it, and if you must use it---it will certainly change your life. Remember...one of our sayings, (CCH Holders) When seconds count---the police are minutes away.
B R February 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I was just being a smarta$$! i guarantee that driver A cut off driver B! Driver B yes, curses and flips of Driver A. Driver A then pulls over to escalate the confrontation, (because no one would ever, EVER pull over to confront a road rager UNLESS THEY WERE TRYING TO START A FIGHT) Driver A confronts, driver B in an aggressive manner and Driver B defends himself. Simple explanation. More than likely this is what happened. This is not a gun rights issue, driver b protected himself. Bottom line is everyone should be allowed to defend themselves.
Spencer D. Smith February 15, 2012 at 04:50 PM
No matter who cut off whom, shooting the person for doing so is not an appropriate response. As far as giving the shooter a pass for "defending himself?" Please. If that were the case, we wouldn't be looking at a sketch of the shooter. He would have stayed on-scene.
Tom Koz February 15, 2012 at 05:22 PM
For all the anti conceal carry posters - I, for one of many, would much rather have a firearm on me and NOT need it, than NEED a firearm and not be ALLOWED to have it. The 2nd Amendment IS my permission slip / license. To those who believe Illinois should allow it's citizens to excercise their 2nd Amenment rights - just like all other 49 states do, please note that Jim Durkin, IL 82nd Dist. Rep (Lemont area) was 1 of only 3 republicans that voted AGAINST your right to do so!! He IS being challenged in the upcoming primary - vote him out of office!!
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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