18-year-old shot to death outside store in Mundelein

  • Police talk in the parking lot of the Walgreens at Hawley and Lake streets in Mundelein Thursday afternoon after a fatal shooting there.

      Police talk in the parking lot of the Walgreens at Hawley and Lake streets in Mundelein Thursday afternoon after a fatal shooting there. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • A police dog walks with his handler on Hawley Street in Mundelein near the scene of a fatal shooting.

      A police dog walks with his handler on Hawley Street in Mundelein near the scene of a fatal shooting. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Police search an area near the Walgreens at Hawley and Lake streets in Mundelein on Thursday afternoon following a fatal shooting.

      Police search an area near the Walgreens at Hawley and Lake streets in Mundelein on Thursday afternoon following a fatal shooting. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Police stand in the parking lot of the Walgreens at Hawley and Lake streets in Mundelein on Thursday afternoon after a fatal shooting there.

      Police stand in the parking lot of the Walgreens at Hawley and Lake streets in Mundelein on Thursday afternoon after a fatal shooting there. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 5/28/2020 8:29 PM

A teenager was shot to death Thursday afternoon outside a Mundelein store, police said, apparently by someone he knew.

The 18-year-old man, whose name wasn't released by police, was fatally wounded about 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Walgreens, 345 N. Lake St.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The shooting stemmed from a disagreement between a small group of people who knew each other, police said. They had gathered for an exchange that may have been drug-related, said Sgt. Chris Covelli, a spokesman for the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, which is leading the investigation.

The shooter, also male, had arrived as a passenger in an SUV and got out before the violence, police said. After firing several shots with a pistol, he fled on foot, police said.

The SUV's driver left in the vehicle, police said.

Officers responding to a 911 call about gunshots found the wounded teen. He was taken by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and pronounced dead there, police said.

No other injuries were reported.

The shooter was at large as of Thursday night, but police don't believe the broader community is in danger.

Descriptions of the shooter, the driver and the SUV were not available.

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"We are not releasing any details on the descriptions just yet, as investigators are working several active leads," Covelli said.

Investigators will review available surveillance video for evidence, Covelli said.

Police cars blocked normally busy eastbound Hawley Street at Lake Street for about four hours during the investigation. A stretch of nearby Seymour Avenue also was cordoned off, as was the entrance to a nearby shopping center.

Mundelein's last homicide occurred in 2014, Police Chief Eric Guenther said.

Anyone with information about Thursday's shooting can call Mundelein police at (847) 968-4600 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at (847) 662-2222.

• Daily Herald Staff Writer John Starks contributed to this report.

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