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Update: Highland Park Homicide Investigation

Highland Park Homicide Investigation

August 13, 2023 -- On August 13, 2023, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Highland Park Police Officers responded to the 2300 block of Green Bay Road for a report of a person shot.  Highland Park Police and Fire arrived and located the victim, a 16-year-old male of Highwood.  The victim was transported to Highland Park hospital and pronounced deceased at the hospital. 

Highland Park Police established a large perimeter around the scene in an attempt to locate the offender.  Witnesses described the offender as a male, dressed in all black, and on a bicycle.  Initially, it was believed the offender fled from the scene on a bicycle, however, further investigation revealed he likely fled on foot following the shooting.  A police K-9 tracked the offender’s scent, but the scent was lost at a nearby roadway. 

Highland Park Police requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force to assist with the investigation.  Preliminary details indicate the shooting was targeted and not random.   It appears prior to the shooting, the victim was walking on the sidewalk and approached by the offender.  The two engaged in a brief conversation before the offender produced a firearm and shot the victim. 

Law enforcement anticipates reopening the roadway by 5:15 p.m.  There is no known threat to the community.  The investigation remains ongoing by Task Force Investigators and Highland Park Detectives.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.