CHICAGO (AP) — Police believe the fatal shooting of four people on Chicago's South Side happened during a home invasion or robbery.
"The investigation has revealed people in the home were selling potential narcotics out that home earlier in the day," Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Sunday. "And we believe individuals returned to rob occupants in that home."
Police and the Cook County medical examiner said the victims found Saturday included two women ages 19 and 41 and two men ages 36 and 45. An 18-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition and a 2-year-old child wasn't hurt, officials said.
According to autopsies conducted Sunday, three of the victims were shot in the head and the fourth suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Police have not released the names of the victims.
Police said they did not find a weapon. Guglielmi said detectives "have very optimistic leads" and that police recovered what appear to be illegal narcotics from the home.
The shootings come toward the end of a deadly year in Chicago, where more than 700 homicides have been reported.