Three women and two men were shot dead by a neighbor in a condominium building northwest of Chicago this Saturday afternoon. The neighbor, identified as a 66-year-old construction worker who has lived in the building for about 15 years, had "anger management problems," according to police. The suspect is in custody and that a weapon has been recovered, according to authorities.
Agents said the man left his condo on the 6700 block of West Irving Park Road in the Dunning neighborhood, went to a neighbor's house in the same building and, "for reasons still unknown," shot and killed four people. While they were having dinner.
The man then went to another neighbor's condominium and shot a 53-year-old woman, according to authorities. This victim remained in critical condition until he died this Sunday because of his injuries, which raised the death toll to five, according to police.RELATED
The deceased are a 66-year-old woman, a 61-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman, a 40-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman, police said. Their identities have not been disclosed by the authorities.
First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio, of the Chicago Police Department, said the man believed to be the shooter has had clashes with neighbors in the past. "Most of the occupants inside the building have had problems with it, but obviously nothing of this magnitude. We don't know what triggered it tonight," Riccio explained.
The neighbors told police that the previous incidents in the building involving the alleged armed man ranged from people who made "too much noise, to abrupt crashes on the stairs," Riccio said. It is not clear how the gunman gained access to the neighbors' house, but Riccio said he had not forced entry.
At the site of the shooting, just east of Oak Park Avenue, a yellow police tape blocked three toasted brick condominium buildings on the south side of West Irving Park Road. Officers strolled the three-story balconies in the central structure, and the door of a unit opened at the end of the hall. The police activity caused waves of neighbors who were stunned by the shooting.
They described the condominium complex as quiet homes where people are friendly but mostly they are reserved. "Until now we enjoy living here," said Bill Popper, 67. "It has been a normal site, a pleasant area," he said. Popper, a five-year-old resident of the complex, said the shooting left him scared, especially because he planned to walk with his wife just before the uproar began. "This is Chicago," he concluded.
Another neighbor, Emad Nouh, 33, said he was at home watching El Camino, the new Netflix movie about the Breaking Bad series, when he received an email alert about the shooting. "Why? How is it possible for someone to enter your house and shoot?" Nouh wondered. The young man added that he moved to Chicago from Palestine, and "as someone from abroad, it's crazy, how much armed violence there is in the United States."
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