A Chicago man was killed and several other people were wounded in a shooting early Saturday at a hotel in Bloomingdale — and the mayor of the northwest suburb suggested it could have been avoided if property managers had provided security guards.
Officers were called at 2:35 a.m. for a report of gunshots on the fifth floor of Indian Lakes Hotel at 250 W. Schick Road, according to a statement from Bloomingdale police.
People were fleeing the building when the officers arrived, and they found “multiple” gunshot victims inside, police said.
James McGill Jr., 27, was taken to St. Alexius Medical in Hoffman Estates, where he was pronounced dead at 3:16 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. McGill lived in the Englewood neighborhood, authorities said.
Bloomingdale Public Safety Director Frank Giammarese said as many as six other people were hit by gunfire, though the exact number was unknown because several people fled the hotel after the shooting — including one or more possible suspects.
No one was in custody, but authorities said “the area has been secured and is safe.”
Other people were treated for gunshot wounds at hospitals in Glendale Heights, Downers Grove and Winfield.
Investigators are still piecing together what led to the early morning shooting. Giammarese said the people involved were not from Bloomingdale.
“There was some type of incident that transpired from either one person from one group and one person to another but it appears that there were a couple of different groups attending different events at the hotel,” said Giammarese, who also said it’s unclear if the gunmen and victims knew one another prior to the attack.
“I don’t know if it’s a party, I don’t have all those details, but it was a couple of groups of people and something transpired and that’s when the shooting took place, mostly in the hallways at the hotel,” he said.
This was the last incident at Indian Lakes Hotel in what has been a “drastic” Giammarese
Bloomingdale Mayor Franco Coladipietro said no security guards were on duty when the chaos broke out — and that it’s not the first time the village has had problems at the hotel managed by First Hospitality, a Rosemont-based company.
In a statement posted to the village’s Facebook page, Coladipietro said that for several years, Bloomingdale officials “have shared our concerns with the lack of consistent security presence at the hotel and the failure of First Hospitality to properly manage the property.”
“The unfortunate incident that occurred this morning may have been avoided if security was present as First Hospitality Group had promised in our meetings,” the mayor said, adding that the village would begin the legal process of revoking the hotel’s business license.
In an email, a First Hospitality spokesperson said “our thoughts are with the individuals directly impacted by this tragedy.
“We are grateful to our associates who immediately responded to the disturbance and to the Village of Bloomingdale Police Department for their swift intervention. We have worked closely with the Village of Bloomingdale over many years to ensure the safety and security of all guests and associates of the hotel, and will continue to cooperate with this ongoing investigation,” the spokesperson said.
Bloomingdale, a village of about 22,000 people that sits 15 miles west of O’Hare Airport, is a “safe community,” Giammarese said, but like other suburbs, it’s had its share of violent incidents in the past.
“It’s unfortunate that this happened,” he said. “We welcome everyone to our community, but we want them to have a safe, secure community like anyone else.”
The DuPage County Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigation Team is assisting on the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call (630) 529-9868.
This is a developing story.