A home invasion and robbery that led to a shooting in a wealthy Chicago suburb has taken a stranger and even more dramatic turn after one of the suspects was found dead less than a day after the crime.
Suspect Anthony M. Espinoza, 27, was found fatally shot in his northwest Indiana home, officials said according to the Sun-Times. Authorities believe Espinoza shot himself in the head as cops pursued him to his East Chicago home about 8 p.m. Friday.
Suburban Chicago police are on the hunt for Espinoza and two other suspects who they say broke into an Orland Park, Ill. home early Friday morning where they shot a man and made off with valuables from the home.
Police were calling the crime a "targeted attack," according to NBC Chicago.
Around 3 a.m. police say two men broke into a home in the 10900 block of Antelope Lane, shot a 30-year-old man, robbed the home and fled in a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by a third suspect, CBS Chicago reports. The man was reportedly shot in his bedroom; his fiancee, two young children and their nanny were also home at the time, but they were not injured.
According to ABC Chicago, police found the victim in a cargo van near I-80 and LaGrange Road. Police say the victim got into his own vehicle and chased the suspects, sustaining three more gunshot wounds in the process.
“He was an angry man that this took place and decided to pursue and identify them if he could. He said he was going to ram their vehicle,” Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy said according to the Sun-Times.
Police didn't indicate what "items" were stolen from the home, according to the Tribune, though neighbors were told there is no immediate danger to the area.
Neighbors of the normally-quiet block of Antelope Lane were stunned to hear of the crime.
“Oh my God, it doesn’t happen,” an unnamed neighbor told the Sun-Times. The neighbor, who told the paper she’s lived in her home for a decade, described the area as a “typical suburban community” with everyone "either out planting or playing" in the warmer months.