On August 19, 2022, Lake County Sheriff’s Detective obtained an arrest warrant for Cameron Anthony McCullough, 20, of the 2300 block of Joanna Avenue, Zion for one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (class 4 felony). McCullough was in possession of a firearm during the time of the shooting. McCulloh is currently in the custody of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections on an unrelated charge, but will be extradited to Lake County following his Wisconsin prison sentence
On June 15, 2023, Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives obtained an arrest warrant on the final person involved in the shooting, Shelton L. Sherrod, 22, of the 3300 block of Colgate Avenue, Zion. The warrant was for two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon (class 2 felonies), for being in possession of a firearm during the time of the shooting.
During the course of this investigation, members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Group, which includes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Chicago Field Division, acquired machinegun conversion devices (auto-sears) that Sherrod was selling. This resulted in the issuance of a search warrant for Sherrod’s residence.
On July 14, 2023, sheriff’s detectives and members of SIG conducted the search warrant at Sherrod’s residence. Sheriff’s detectives and members of SIG arrested Sherrod and recovered 12 additional auto-sears, a semi-automatic pistol that was converted into a machinegun with an auto-sear and numerous rounds of ammunition.
After reviewing the facts and circumstances of the case, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the following charges for Sherrod:
Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (class X felony)
28 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (class 2 felonies)
Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon (class 2 felony)
Sherrod remains held in the Lake County Jail on $5,000,000.00 bail.
Sheriff John D. Idleburg said, “Our investigative team worked tenaciously to hold everyone accountable in this case. All of those arrested are extremely violent people, especially the offender who was selling machinegun converters. The members of our office will continue working tirelessly to arrest those who use guns and violence to prey on others.”
All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Two Charged in Connection with Shooting (issued 8/26/22)
Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives conducted an extensive investigation into this shooting, which resulted in the death of one of the men shot during the incident, Christopher Williams, 22, of North Chicago.
Based on the evidence obtained during the investigation, sheriff’s detectives learned shots were fired from people who were inside both vehicles.
While the investigation remains active and ongoing, two people have been arrested and charged for their role in the shooting.
Jaziya K. Bankston, 22, of the 2100 block of Greenwood Avenue, Waukegan, and Dishelle Y. Flores, 21, of the 2400 block of Kennedy Drive, North Chicago, were both arrested on August 25, 2022.
Bankston and Flores were two of the people shot during the initial incident.
After reviewing the facts and circumstances, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the charges of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Delivery of Cannabis against both Flores and Bankston.
Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate, and additional arrests and charges are likely.
Sheriff John D. Idleburg said, “I am very proud of the thorough work of our initial deputies on the scene and the subsequent investigation by sheriff’s detectives. They are working diligently to hold everyone involved in this senseless shooting accountable.”
Flores remains held in the Lake County Jail on $200,000.00 bail and is due back in court on September 1, 2022. Bankston remains held in the Lake County Jail on $500,000.00 bail and is due back in court on September 2, 2022.
Beach Park Shooting Investigation (issued 7/26/22)
On July 26, 2022, at approximately 1:15 p.m. Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a business parking lot in the 38900 block of North Lewis Avenue, Beach Park, for a report of a shooting, where at least one person was shot. Sheriff’s deputies arrived quickly, however, no victims were at the scene. An additional responding deputy located a vehicle pulled to the side of the road in the area of Wadsworth Road and Gabriel Avenue, Beach Park. Inside the vehicle three people were located with gunshot wounds.
Preliminary investigation shows the three victims met the shooting suspect in the parking lot of the above business. They spoke for a period of time and an argument erupted. Before the offender fled in a separate vehicle, he fired numerous shots at the victims, striking them, as they were in their vehicle. The victims then fled from the scene in their vehicle just before deputies arrived.
Two of the shooting victims were adult men, one remains in critical condition and one remains in serious condition. One of the victims is an adult woman, she remains in stable condition. All three were transported to area hospitals via ambulance.
Based on the investigative facts at this time, this does not appear to be a gang-related shooting.
Sheriff’s detectives continue to actively investigate the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 847-377-4250 or contact Lake County CrimeStoppers at: http://www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com/