Report: OnStar Helped Police Locate Victim in Lemont Road Rage Shooting

Cook County police are still searching for a white man between 20 and 30 who allegedly shot a 58-year-old motorist on 107th Street near 104th Avenue.

The satellite navigation and information system OnStar may have helped police located a Downers Grove man who was shot in an alleged road rage incident in Lemont on Monday, according to a report.

The Daily Herald reported Wednesday that the 58-year-old motorist pressed his vehicle's OnStar button and was connected to police just seconds after he was shot by another driver on 107th Street near 104th Avenue in unincorporated Lemont.

According to the report, the man—who CBS 2 Chicago reported is from Downers Grove—passed out while speaking to a dispatcher, but the vehicle's OnStar system helped authorities identify his exact location.

Sheriff's police said paramedics from the Lemont Fire Protection District rushed the man to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, where he underwent surgery. He remained in stable condition Wednesday evening, authorities said.

Cook County police are still searching for the shooter, whose actions were allegedly triggered by the victim accidentally cutting him off on 107th Street around 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The suspect is described as a white male between 20 and 30, with a possible olive complexion. A sketch was released to the public Tuesday night.

Frank Bilecki, spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff's Office, said the victim told police he was heading east on 107th Street in a black Buick LaCrosse when he accidentally cut off a gray or silver pickup truck. The victim pulled over to apologize, and the drivers exchanged words, police said.

Within seconds, however, the situation turned violent.

Bilecki said the suspect exited his truck, pulled out a gun and fired one shot at the victim, who was sitting in his vehicle. The truck driver fled the scene, and the victim called 911.

Fliers were distributed to motorists in the area Tuesday afternoon. Because the shooting happened early in the day, police are hopeful someone may have seen something, Bilecki said.

Anyone with information should contact detectives at 847-635-1188.


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