A Chicago man was killed and several others were injured in a shooting early Saturday morning at a hotel in Bloomingdale – and the mayor of the northwestern suburbs suggested that property managers could have avoided it if security guards had been provided.
250 w. Authorities were called to the scene at 2:35 a.m. to report a shooting on the fifth floor of the Indian Lakes Hotel on Chick Road, according to a report by Bloomingdale police.
People were fleeing the building when officers arrived, and police said they found “multiple” gunmen.
James McGill Jr., 27, was taken to St Alexius’ Hospital in the Hoffman Estates, where he died at 3:16 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Authorities said McGill lived in the vicinity of Englewood.
According to Bloomingdale Director of Public Safety Frank Jiamaris, six people were killed in the shooting, but the exact number is unknown, but many fled the hotel after the shooting – including one or more suspects.
No one was in custody, but officials said “the area is safe and secure.”
Others were treated for gunshot wounds at Glendale Heights, Downers Grove and Winfield hospitals.
Investigators are still linking what led to the early morning shooting. Geamaries said those involved were not from Bloomingdale.
“There was some kind of incident from one person to another and from one group to another, but it seems that two different groups were involved in different incidents at the hotel,” Jiamaris said, adding that it was not clear if the gunmen and the victims knew each other before the attack.
“I didn’t know it was a party, I didn’t have all of those details, but it was two groups and something.
The last incident at the Indian Lakes Hotel was the “severe” gemaries
Bloomingdale Mayor Franco Goladi Petro said none of the security guards were on duty at the time of the disturbance – adding that this was not the first time there had been problems in the village at a hotel managed by First Hospitality based in Rosemont.
In a statement posted on the village’s Facebook page, Koladipitro said for years, Bloomingdale officials “shared our concerns about the hotel’s lack of consistent security and failure to properly manage property.”
“The unfortunate incident that took place this morning could have been avoided if the security had been as promised by the first hospitality committee at our meetings,” the mayor said, adding that the village would initiate legal action to revoke the hotel’s business license.
In an email, the first hospitality spokesman said, “We have thoughts of people who have been directly affected by this tragedy.
“We are committed to our comrades who responded immediately to the chaos and to the Bloomingdale Police Village for prompt intervention. We have worked closely with Bloomingdale Village for many years to ensure the safety and security of all guests and associates of the Hotel, and will continue to co-operate in this investigation,” the spokesman said.
Geomaries said Bloomingdale, a village of about 22,000 people about 15 miles west of O’Hare Airport, was a “safe community,” but, like other suburbs, had played a role in the violence in the past.
“It’s unfortunate that this happened,” he said. “We welcome everyone into our community, but we want them to have a safe, secure community like no one else.”
The Tobago County Metropolitan Emergency Response and Inquiry Committee is assisting in this case.
Anyone with information is requested to call (630) 529-9868.
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