UPDATE: Coroner’s officials identified the victim as John Moore, 76, of Danville. Mr. Moore lived a short distance away from the scene of the shooting and was the Managing General Partner of the Crow Canyon Medical Center at 1320 El Capitan Drive, also a short distance away from where he was killed.
Police have reportedly developed a suspect in this homicide and are actively searching for a man, last seen driving a silver Ford Escape 4-door, Illinois License Plate 1008122. Investigators have not characterized the murder as a random occurrence or escalating rift between individuals known to one another.
If you see the car in questions please notify Danville police. DO NOT ATTEMPT to contact this individual as police believe he is still carrying the semiautomatic pistol used in today’s murder.
ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:
Police are searching for a person suspected of shooting and killing a man in the 3400 block of Fostoria Way in Danville Sunday. The area remains an active crime scene with police attempting to lock down the area to secure evidence.
A thin description of a white male, 40 to 50 years, with grey hair and beard was given after a man answering that description was seen leaving the area of the shooting in a small grey pickup truck with a camper shell.
It was not immediately known if the man was connected to the incident though police were actively attempting to contact witnesses to events. The incident was first reported at approximately 2:30 p.m.
The victim was reportedly found lying between two parked vehicles in the area and has been declared dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of family.
Danville police released the following in the wake of the murder:
Danville Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Sunday afternoon near Fostoria Way. At approximately 2:25 p.m. February 24, 2019, officers were dispatched to the 3400 block of Fostoria Way on a report of gunshots.
On arrival, officers located the body of a deceased adult male, dead of gunshot wounds. The incident remains under investigation. The identity of the victim is not being released, pending the notification of next of kin.
Police are calling on anyone with information on this crime to contact detectives at (925) 314-3702. Anonymous tips can also be forwarded to the police department via Nixle by texting ‘Tip DanPD’ and your tip to 888777.
Was this a random thing? Robbery? Did they know one another?
Barely, but yes…
Still in the area or halfway back to Chicago by now?
That’s pretty much anyone’s guess, Kate…
This is insane.
Do you know who the victim is? Are you releasing the name??
We do, Bonnie. We generally hold back identifications until confirmation can be made to ensure the family is properly notified. We should be updating our story shortly.
Unbelievable. Condolences to this poor man’s family. We didn’t believe it when we first heard it here.