Man kills pregnant wife in Woodridge murder-suicide

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Couple killed, woman critically injured in Woodridge shooting
A married couple died in a shooting following a domestic incident at an apartment complex in southwest suburban Woodridge, police said.

WOODRIDGE, Ill. (WLS) -- A man fatally shot his wife, who was seven-months pregnant, and wounded another woman before killing himself late Monday night in an apartment in southwest suburban Woodridge, police said.

Investigators said the baby also died in the murder-suicide.

Woodridge police and paramedics from nearby Lisle responded just after 11:55 p.m. Monday to a report of shots fired at apartment #2A at the Hawthorne Ridge Apartments in the 7700-block of Fox Street.

They found Shedrick Pryor, 32, and April Pryor, 24, shot to death in the living room.

A second woman, April Pryor's friend, was found in the back of the apartment with a non-fatal gunshot wound. She was rushed to a local trauma center, where she remains in critical condition.

Police recovered a gun at the scene. The shooting occurred after a domestic incident. There is no risk to the public.

Investigators said the Pryors lived in the 600-block of Bellwood Avenue. April Pryor had moved into the apartment in Woodridge several days ago, following a domestic dispute.

Shedrick Pryor allegedly showed up at the apartment Monday night with a handgun and forced his way inside. During a fight, police said he shot his wife and her friend before turning the gun on himself.

Neighbors said the two women had children living inside the apartment, who may have witnessed everything.

"The police pulled them out, so they were in the hallway crying. Police were like, 'Can they come in?' They didn't have any clothes. They were in underwear. So I wrapped them in blankets," said Kandice Gillespie, another neighbor. "It's devastating. I've been out here 11 years. I've known nothing to really happen in this community. It's usually quiet safe and quiet."

"This tragedy is devastating for the two families involved - we hope they remain strong and united during this difficult time," Woodridge Police Chief Brian Cunningham said.

The incident remains under investigation.