A teenage woman was shot late Monday evening, June 15, in Forest Park, and pronounced dead early Tuesday morning at nearby Loyola University Medical Center. Police said they believe the killing was gang-related, but that the victim was not the intended target.
Police Chief Jim Ryan identified the woman as 18-year-old Keyana Bates, of Maywood. Bates was shot multiple times outside of a home near the intersection of York and Desplaines streets at about 10 p.m. According to police, Bates was traveling with two 19-year-old men, also from Maywood. The group was visiting a friend in Forest Park. The driver of the car was shot once in the left shoulder, and investigators believe he was the intended target.
“We believe that it’s gang-related, some sort of retaliation,” Ryan said.
Ryan declined to identify the man, and said that he was not suspected of a crime. The driver was treated and released from Loyola and was meeting with Forest Park police Tuesday.
Ryan also noted that the man was shot July 4 last year near Desplaines Avenue while driving along the Eisenhower Expressway.
Investigators said Bates was picked up by her friends in Maywood, and at 19th Avenue the trio noticed they were being followed by another vehicle. They continued driving to Forest Park, and when they pulled into a driveway behind their friend’s home, the other vehicle pulled in behind them. A passenger in the second vehicle got out of the car, said Ryan, and fired 15 shots in the direction of the car Bates was traveling in.
Police have obtained a description of the second vehicle, but declined to release it Tuesday. Immediately following the shooting, police swarmed the area and used K9 units to search for the gunman in a nearby cemetery. No arrests had been made as of late morning June 16.
“The case is ongoing,” Ryan said.
Bates was a student at the University of Illinois Chicago, said Ryan. Her 19th birthday would have been Wednesday, June 17.