Police: McHenry man shot in Hoffman Estates knew assailant
Early indications are that a 26-year-old McHenry man who was shot and critically injured outside a sports bar Thursday night knew his assailant and the crime was not random, Hoffman Estates police said Friday.
The man, who has not been named, remains in critical condition at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, and no one is in custody, Hoffman Estates police Lt. Darin Felgenhauer said.
While police are continuing to investigate, the shooting appears to have been an isolated incident and not a danger to the general public, Felgenhauer added.
Emergency responders were called to the Poplar Prairie Stone Crossing shopping center on Higgins Road just west of Route 59 about 10:30 p.m. Thursday for a report of shots fired and an injured man lying in the parking lot.
One patron of the bar, Latham Conger III of Palatine, said via Twitter he saw one man lying on the ground bleeding around the face, and blood was on the ground. Police cordoned off some of the parking lot around the bar and blocked entrances.
Conger said he was inside the bar and had not heard any gunshots, hearing only from others outside that the man was shot and the shooter ran away west on Higgins Road.
Conger said many police cars were on the scene and questioning people who had tried to help the victim. "I've never seen that many police officers in one place in Hoffman before," he wrote.