2nd man dies after Elgin apartment complex shooting, police say

ByStephanie Wade, ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
2nd man dies after Elgin apartment shooting: officials
Elgin police said a second person had died after a shooting at Blackhawk Apartments on Congdon Avenue, the police department said.

ELGIN, Ill. (WLS) -- A second man died after a shooting at an Elgin apartment complex early Sunday, police said.

One victim has been identified to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office as 32-year-old Johnathan King of Elgin. Monday morning, police said a second man died from the shooting. He was identified as 19-year-old Jaysin Rodriguez of Elgin.

Elgin police have not revealed much as the search for that shooter continues, only that whatever led to it appears to have taken place during a gathering of some sort.

It was around 2 a.m when shots rang out at the Elgin apartment complex in the 800-block of Congdon Avenue. Witnesses said they woke up to gunfire that has since left one man dead and several others injured.

"I guess the last two shots woke her up," said neighbor Raul Huerta.

Raul Huerta and his wife awoke to gunfire in their apartment building. His family lives in the unit next door to where the alleged fight broke out.

"A stray bullet can go through the walls and hit somebody that's just sleeping. It's just not good," he added.

When officers responded, five were transported to area hospitals. Police were later notified, a sixth victim took themselves to the hospital.

"There was some arguing that started from 10 p.m. and continued all the way until after 1 a.m.,"Huerta said. "That's when somebody must've pulled out a gun and started shooting inside the apartment. He ran out down the stairs and continued shooting."

Preliminary information indicated that the shooting happened during a gathering and appears to be an isolated incident, police said.

"I would consider probably moving out that's the first thing you do. That's the first thought that comes to your mind," Huerta said. "It's just a concern because this is the first time this has happened in here and it's definitely not safe."

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Detectives from the Major Investigations Division and Special Investigations Division are actively investigating the case and updates will be provided as they become available, police said.

Police asked anyone with information about the incident to call 847-289-2600 or text a tip to 847411, including "ELGINPD" in the beginning of the text. People can also visit www.cityofelgin.org/crimetip for more crime tip options.