CICERO, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Cicero, Illinois are on the hunt for a person of interest following the tragic shooting deaths of two women on Tuesday night. The police believe the incident to be domestic-related and isolated.
The shooting took place on the 1800-block of South 48th Court just before 7:45 p.m., prompting a swift response from law enforcement. Both victims, a 19-year-old and a 29-year-old, were rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital after being found with gunshot wounds, where they were sadly pronounced dead. The victims were identified as 29-year-old Jessica Hughes and 19-year-old Myeshia Newby, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Neighbor America Pantoja, who was familiar with the family, recounted hearing multiple gunshots from a nearby home before seeing individuals fleeing the scene. Speaking of one of the victims, Pantoja described her as a devoted woman committed to her family. Police conducted a thorough search of the area with K-9 units and closed off roads for several hours as they pursued the shooter.
The community is mourning the loss of these two women as authorities work to unravel the circumstances that led to the tragic incident. The investigation into the motive for the shooting is ongoing.
The Cicero Police Department urged anyone with information about the shooting to come forward and assist in their efforts to apprehend the person responsible. The authorities are focused on finding justice for the victims and their loved ones as they continue to piece together the events of that fateful evening.