Three people were shot dead in a quiet Chicago suburb on Friday before the suspected gunman was found dead in a burning house, authorities said.
Police responded to a domestic disturbance call at 6:35 a.m. CDT in the 5500 block of Ann Marie Lane in Oak Forest, about 27 miles south of central Chicago, officials said.
That’s where they found ‘two victims in the driveway and a third victim on the road south of the house’, as all ‘three victims sustained gunshot wounds’, Oak Forest Police said in a press release.
Officers “lurched the victims into their patrol units and transported them to a safer area to provide assistance” before “an underage child was removed from the home and evacuated,” police said.
“A short time later, officers at the scene observed smoke coming from the house and flames appearing through the front window of the house. After the fire was extinguished, emergency personnel entered the house” , police said.
A fourth body was found inside the burning house and this person “would, at the present time, be the perpetrator of this matter”, police said.
Local residents were were asked to shelter in place.
But three hours later, authorities in Oak Forest said everything was clear: “There is no longer a threat to the community.”
The three victims found outside were all pronounced dead in hospitals, police said.
The victims were not immediately identified, pending notification of next of kin.
The gunshots and blaze happened about 50 miles south of downtown Highland Park, where a sniper reportedly killed seven people during a July 4 parade 2½ months ago .
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Marin Scott and Christian Santana contributed.