Police were at a loss to explain why a man shot and killed his wife and his 17-year-old son, then shot his 15-year-old daughter in the back as she ran from their home in Robbins with two other children.
As a 14-year-old boy and his 5-year-old nephew kept running, Michael Worsham dragged the girl back into the home and fired at witnesses who had stopped their car, according to Robbins Police Chief Mitchell Davis. The children and the witnesses were not hit.
Inside the home, police found Worsham, his wife of 12 years, Michelle Ollie, 42, and their two children, Steven, 17 and Trisdion, 15. Ollie and the teens were shot to death, and it appeared Worsham may have died from a heart attack, police said.
He praised the quick actions of the 14-year-old, who alerted his sister to the shooting while struggling with Worsham, then grabbed his nephew and ran. “That 14-year-old is a hero,” Davis said.
The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in a small brick home on the 13600 block of Pulaski Road in the south suburb. “For reasons unexplained,” Worsham shot his 17-year-old son in the kitchen, then went upstairs and dragged his wife out of bed and shot her, according to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.
Davis and Dart said the shooting apparently stemmed from a domestic dispute but they could not exactly say what sparked it. He said police had not been called to the home before.
Police got a call of shots fired at house around 10:40 p.m. Sunday. Officers were met by a witness who said she had seen someone, apparently the girl, shot at the home.
The officers saw a trail of blood outside the front door and requested assistance from surrounding police departments and the sheriff’s office, police said in the statement. The home was surrounded and, after trying to contact someone inside, officers forced their way in, police said.
Police said Worsham had a valid Firearm Owners Identification card and worked as a security guard for the Thornton School District. His wife was a childcare worker at a teen shelter, relatives said.
Worsham had been hospitalized around six months ago for an illness, possibly heart-related, according to his second cousin, Toni Gardner.
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Source: Chicago Tribune