Three people trying to flee a home in suburban Chicago were shot dead early Friday in an incident that resulted in the home burning and the alleged gunman dead.
According to WLS-TV, the shots broke out at 6:30 a.m
The outlet said it examined doorbell footage from a neighbor which appeared to show three people being shot outside the home and one getting away.
After the shooting, the suspect, identified by WBBM-TV as Carlos Gomez, barricaded himself inside the house. The house was later set on fire, with Gomez suspected of starting the fire.
Police said two gunshot victims were in the driveway and one in the street when they arrived at the scene. The victims were taken to a hospital but died from their injuries.
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A neighbor, whose name was not used, told WGN-TV that a girl who lived in the house that was set on fire banged on her door and told her to call 911 because her mother and two older siblings had been shot .
She called her father the shooter. WLS reported that a minor was removed from the scene before the fire broke out.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as Briana Rodriguez, 22; Emilio Rodríguez, 20; and Lupe Gomez, 43.
According to WBBM, the address was the site of an incident in 2016 in which Gomez was charged with domestic battery and property damage.
The outlet reported that a protective order granted to his wife was later lifted. The charges against him were dropped and his guns were returned to him.
Brad Weert told the Chicago Sun-Times that he often saw the family in the neighborhood.
He said he heard “three pops” on Friday morning and ran outside to see “flames went up to 10 feet above the roofline.”
A neighbor told WLS the family had been acting strangely for the past few weeks and he heard quarrels coming from inside the house.
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