OAK FOREST, Ill. (WLS) — Two Oak Forest teenagers are with their families after their mother and siblings were killed in a barricade and fire in the southern suburbs on Friday.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims Friday afternoon as Briana Rodriguez, 22, Emilio Rodriguez, 20, Lupe Gomez, 43, and Carlos Gomez, 44.
Lupe suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and Emilio and Briana were both shot in the chest, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Saturday. They also said Carlos died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The two surviving teenagers are 15 and 13, according to their uncle Nick Navarez, and are the daughters of Lupe and Carlos.
The uncle also shared a photo with ABC7 of Lupe with his four children, including eldest children Emilio and Briana.
The incident began Friday morning in the 5500 block of Ann Marie Lane, police said.
A neighbor said he saw a man shoot family members outside his home before barricading himself inside and setting the house on fire.
The man’s neighbor’s Ring camera captured video of the incident. ABC7 viewed the video, which appeared to show a man shooting three people outside the house while one ran away.
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Neighbors said they woke up to more than a dozen gunshots around 6:30 a.m. Oak Forest Police said they initially responded to a domestic disturbance involving a report of gunshots in the area around 7 a.m.
Upon arrival, police said they found two gunshot victims in the driveway and a third on the road south of the house.
Oak Forest Police pulled the victims into their squad cars while the suspect was still at the scene. They were taken to local hospitals but later died of their injuries, police said.
Meanwhile, the suspect was still inside the house when police said a minor was safely evacuated to police before the fire broke out.
Neighbors said the family had lived in the house for about eight years and there was a recent history of trouble, but no one imagined it would end like this.
“A normal family like us,” neighbor Cody Wilson said. “Family was taking care of some things and it came to this.”
“The neighbors there were all shocked as well,” added Cheryl Wilson. “They don’t understand what happened.”
A neighbor said the family had been acting strange in recent weeks and said they heard a lot of arguing and shouting. He said the police had already been called to the house.
“We’ve just sat here for a bit and watched this unfold in disbelief,” neighbor Jake Bittner said. “That’s a hell of a way to wake up.”
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Emergency crews were on the scene all morning and went inside to investigate once the fire was extinguished.
There they found the fourth deceased person, believed to be the suspect. A firearm was also recovered from the scene.
“We just ask that everyone pray for the family,” Wilson said.
Oak Forest High School canceled its homecoming parade on Friday, citing “an ongoing incident in the community.”
After spending much of the day under a soft lockdown, students and staff quickly discovered that some of their own peers – former and current – were involved in the tragedy.
In fact, the students said that one of the surviving family members is a current student and was reportedly on the sidelines with the school’s cheerleading squad.
“Everyone at this school felt for this family,” said Mia Earll, a sophomore at Oak Forest High School. “It knocked everyone out! No one was really able to concentrate. All the teachers really didn’t do anything in the classes because everyone was so sad because of what happened to that family. “
Neighbors said at least one surviving family member was a student at Oak Forest High School. Two of those killed were former pupils, Superintendent 228 of the Bremen school district. Brad Sikora said in a written statement.
“You never know what’s going on in someone’s house or what they’re going through,” Earll said.
Oak Forest High School and other schools in District 228 will have counselors available to meet with any student or staff member in need of assistance.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant. Ryan Burnett at the Oak Forest Police Department at 7086871376 or email@example.com.
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