Woman killed in Hanover Park shooting, police say; Keeneyville schools put on soft lockdown

BySarah Schulte and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Woman shot, killed in Hanover Park near grade school
A 41-year-old woman was shot and killed in Hanover Park as children were heading to school and people were leaving for work.

HANOVER PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- A woman was shot and killed Monday morning in northwest suburban Hanover Park as children were heading to school and parents were leaving for work.

Neighbors said they heard several gunshots before a 41-year-old woman's body was found with a bullet wound to the head in an alley between a subdivision and a townhouse complex just before 8:30 a.m.

Hanover Park police said they found the woman unresponsive in the 1300-block of Court P and she was subsequently pronounced dead, police said. She has not yet been identified.

"It was 8:25 this morning, I was just waking up, turning the news on and all of sudden I heard real loud shots, six in a row, bang," neighbor Henry Aarosinski said.

According to another neighbor who did not want to be interviewed on camera, said his surveillance camera showed the shooter pulling up to the corner of Heritage Ct. and Arlington Drive. He then walked down a pathway that connects a neighborhood full of homes and the townhouse complex and he shot the woman right at the foot of the walkway.

"That's the opening that goes to the park and garage school, so at 8:30 in the morning, that's when all the little grade school kids are going down that alley, so at least it wasn't a little kid that got shot," Aarosinski said.

The neighbor whose video capture the attack said it appeared the suspect fled in an older model gray Chevy Malibu with heavy front-end damage. He said he has turned over the video to Hanover Park police, who told him not to release it publicly.

For the much of the school day, nearby elementary and middle schools were on soft lockdowns as police searched for the suspect that fled the scene in his car.

Neighbors said that while their townhouse complex has had problems in the past, recently, it's been relatively safe.

Hanover Park police have not released any additional information.

The DuPage County Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigations Team (MERIT) Task Force is currently assisting Hanover Park police with the homicide investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Lieutenant Ralph Gniewosz at 630-823-5516.