A man who won thousands of dollars at a casino Monday was shot and robbed this morning in his Palos Heights home, authorities said.
Palos Heights police are searching for two men in their 20s or 30s who entered the home through the back door, struck the victim with a blunt object and demanded his winnings from the riverboat casino.
Deputy Chief Dave Delaney said police were notified around 3:30 a.m. and dispatched officers to the 7900 block of West 131st Street.
“He had been at a gambling boat earlier in the night and had won a large amount of cash,” Delaney said. “It is believed that he was targeted due to his winnings at the boat.”
Scott Farrow, 51, was unable to recall the exact amount of money he had won at the riverboat but police estimate that his winnings were “several thousands of dollars.”
When Farrow refused to relinquish his winnings one of the men shot Farrow in the abdomen. Farrow fled to his neighbor’s house who then called police and medical personnel.
Paramedics took Farrow to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he underwent surgery this morning. He was listed in serious but stable condition, Delaney said this afternoon.
“We are trying to talk to the victim, but he’s been in and out due to the pain medication,” Delaney said.
Crime scene tape encircled both Farrow and his neighbor’s home this morning while several police cars ushered traffic in front of both homes.
Local schools were notified of the incident but police believe there is no immediate threat to the community.
Police hope surveillance video from the casino where the Farrow was gambling the night prior to the shooting will help to identify the assailants. Farrow provided police with two riverboats and was unclear which one he attended Monday night, authorities said. Police said they are looking into both casinos before identifying them.
The shooting was the first in Palos Heights in at least 24 years, Delaney said.
“We haven’t had any shootings, outside of suicide, in the 24 years that I’ve been here,” Delaney said. “The last homicide I can recall was at the Shell station in the early ’80s.”
Source: Chicago Tribune