Police investigate Arlington Heights shooting, hit-and-run

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One man was fatally shot in the chest in Arlington Heights last night and a second was subsequently critically injured when a car, possibly tied to the fatal shooting, sped through the sprawling housing development and struck him about 20 minutes later.

At least 100 people, including some young children, gathered in the street after the shooting, which happened about 9:45 p.m. in the 3100 block of Cordell Place.

Officers discovered the victim, Martez Ward, 18, lying face down outside the doorway of 3155 Cordell Place. Shot in the chest, he was unconscious and bleeding.

Medics transported Mr. Ward to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:27 p.m.

Homicide Sgt. Ronald D. Griffin detectives said witnesses told them they observed a possible suspect, dressed all in black, run behind the address after the shooting. Moments later, they observed a red Chevy Equinox SUV come from behind the building and speed away, losing a hubcap in the process.

Sgt. Griffin said no motive for the homicide has been established at this time.

Police did not know whether the shooting was connected to a subsequent hit-and-run in which a man was struck near the intersection of Cordell and Arlington Avenue about 20 minutes later.

A crowd of onlookers huddled around the man, who was barely moving, as paramedics loaded him onto a stretcher and put a brace around his neck. One woman said she saw a silver car hit the man, sending him airborne. His shoes and a small pool of blood remained in the street after he had been taken to a hospital.

Officers were searching for a gray or silver sedan, possibly an Impala, in the hit-and-run. Lt. Herrmann said the crimes might be linked, but police weren't sure how.

Anyone with information involving the cases is asked to the call the homicide unit at 412-323-7161. Callers can remain anonymous.


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