Police looking for witnesses after Flossmoor shooting victim dies

Police are searching for the killer of 20-year-old Flossmoor man who was shot a block from his home Tuesday night.

Damarcus Roberts died at about 10 a.m. Wednesday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Flossmoor Deputy Police Chief Tod Kamleiter said.

The case is being considered a homicide and will be investigated by the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, Kamleiter said. The Illinois State Police processed the crime scene, he said.

“We are attempting to locate witnesses,” Kamleiter said, adding that there is currently no known motive for the crime.

Flossmoor police responded to a house in the 3900 block of 189th Street after the shooting was reported at 10:53 p.m. on Aug. 23.

When the first officer arrived at the house, he found blood on the walkway leading to the front door. Blood was also smeared on the storm door.

According to a police report, Roberts was lying on the floor inside the house. The homeowner told police that she had heard pounding on the door. When she opened the door, Roberts – who she knew as a neighborhood friend of her children – fell inside the house.

Roberts had been shot more than once, Kamleiter said.

In an attempt to stop the bleeding, the responding officer put a bandage on his back, the report states.

Roberts, who was conscious, said he was hurting and asked for water.

Roberts was taken to the Oak Lawn hospital in a Flossmoor ambulance. Kamleiter said Roberts lost consciousness at the hospital.

Outside the house, police found a bag with what is believed to be cannabis inside, as well as two $1 bills.   

When the responding officer asked the homeowner how she knew Roberts, she said he was a regular visitor to the house and was “just like a brother” to her children.

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