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updated: 5/6/2014 1:31 PM

Police say they are making progress investigating Wauconda shooting

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Authorities said they are making "slow but steady progress" in searching for three suspects accused of shooting a 26-year-old man in a Wauconda apartment Sunday night.

A woman, who hid inside of a bathroom with her three children while her 26-year-old boyfriend was shot inside the apartment in the 100 block of Main Street, has spoken with Wauconda police about the shooting, Police Chief Patrick Yost said Tuesday.

Yost said officers hope to talk to her again, and meet with the victim who is hospitalized with a gun shot wound to the chest.

"Since the shooting, she has been too upset to speak with detectives," Yost said. "However, she calmed down enough last night to meet with detectives last night and discuss the case."

The woman and her three children -- ages 14, 10, and 7 -- were not injured in the attack, which occurred about 8:30 p.m.

No arrests have been made, but Yost confirmed police are looking for three Hispanic males.

Red light cameras near the scene revealed limited information to police after the shooting, Yost said. Authorities are sure the dark-colored sedan headed west from Wauconda on Route 176, but there are many directions the vehicle could have traveled after leaving the intersection of routes 12 and 176 before it would come in contact with another camera, he added.

Sunday's shooting was not a random act, Yost said, and he is confident the victim knew or knew of the suspects.

"We are making slow but steady progress at this point," he said. "Hopefully, we will have more information soon."

The three men, all of whom are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, are accused of forcing their way into the studio apartment above a dance studio.

The victim was not a resident of the area, but has been known to stay in the apartment occasionally, Yost said.

It was the second shooting in about a month in Wauconda. On April 7, a man armed with a gun was shot to death by police investigating a report of a stolen pickup truck.

That shooting occurred on the 100 block of Slocum Lake Road, a short walk from the site of Sunday's attack. Wauconda police were cleared in the April 7 shooting.

The two cases are unrelated, Yost said.

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