One man was killed and as many as 10 others were shot during a large house party in south suburban Calumet City early Sunday morning, authorities said.
About 1:50 a.m. Sunday, Calumet City police responded to a call of a shooting at a home in the 600 block of Escanaba Avenue, police said.
About 100 to 150 “young adults” had gathered in the basement of the house for a party when gunfire erupted, according to a police statement. When officers arrived on the scene, they saw people fleeing the house, police said.
Calumet City Police Chief Edward Gilmore said the shooting stemmed from an argument during the party.
Early Sunday morning, police were working to confirm exactly how many people had been shot, since not all of those wounded were transported to a hospital by ambulance. At least six people and as many as 11 were shot, Gilmore said, citing preliminary information. Most had non life-threatening injuries, Gilmore said.
Dewayne Purnell, 19, was fatally wounded during the shooting, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Purnell, of the 1400 block of Marquette Avenue in south suburban Burnham, was shot repeatedly and was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond, Ind., according to the coroner’s office. The 19-year-old was pronounced dead there at 2:37 a.m.
Police could not immediately provide ages, genders or hospital information of those wounded in the shooting.
Police could also not immediately say if there were multiple shooters. No one was in custody for the shootings as of 6:15 a.m. Sunday.
The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force had been called to lead the investigation, and Calumet City police would “work through them,” Gilmore said.
Source: Chicago Tribune