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Charges filed against Elgin man suspected in Monday’s Huntley shooting

Lewis C. McCracken not yet in custody as of Tuesday morning

Lewis C. McCracken is a suspect in a July 18, 2022, shooting in Huntley.

As the search continued Tuesday for the suspected shooter in an incident at a Huntley residence that sent two men to the hospital Monday, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office filed attempted murder charges.

Lewis C. McCracken, 27, of the 200 block of Villa Street in Elgin, is charged with four counts of attempted murder, Class X felonies, aggravated battery, Class 3 felony, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, Class 2 felony, Huntley police said.

Police were still looking for McCracken Tuesday. When he is taken into custody McCracken will be held on a $750,000 bond.

An Elgin Police spokesman confirmed Tuesday that McCracken is well-known to the department, with a string of arrests and prison terms going back to when he was 17.

“Our agency has been in contact with the investigating agencies and are assisting them,” said Detective Sgt. Mike Martino of the Elgin Police Department.

According to Kane County Court records, in 2012, McCracken, then 17, was charged with armed violence, possession of a stolen firearm and marijuana charges. According to media reports, McCracken was identified as the person who purchased a handgun stolen from a Huntley home a few days earlier. Police and a parole office found the gun upon searching the home, according to reports.

McCracken was on parole with electronic home monitoring and was a known gang member then, police said at the time.

He received a five-year prison sentence on that case as part of a plea agreement to the weapons charge, according to Kane County records.

McCracken also pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in 2017 and received a seven-year prison sentence.

That arrest stemmed from an April 2016 home invasion incident where McCracken and a resident fought over a gun. McCracken was shot in the struggle, according to media reports.

The two Huntley victims shot Monday are family members; one 58 years old and one 29 years old, Deputy Chief of Police Linda Hooten said Monday night. The 58-year-old was out of surgery and the younger man was listed in stable condition, she said.

A third person in the home at the time of the shooting called 911, Hooten said.

A motive is unknown, but there does appear to be a connection between one of the victims and the suspect, Hooten said.

According to police, the suspect was spotted in a white four-door sedan and he fled the scene.

He may have been involved in a carjacking about 4 p.m. Monday in Bartlett, police said. At the time Bartlett Police had an active investigation into the carjacking that they said they believed was linked to the Huntley shooting.

Huntley Police Department, Bartlett Police Department and Elgin Police Department and the McHenry County Major Investigative Assistance Team are working on the investigation.

Residents in the Wing Pointe subdivision were asked Monday to review their doorbell and security cameras from the early Monday morning hours for any footage that might assist in the investigation, Hooten said. Police officials said the shooting happened about 4:20 a.m. Monday and the offender fled the home on 11800 block of Cape Cod Lane before they arrived.

Police said the shooting happened about 4:20 a.m. Monday and the offender fled the home in 11800 block of Cape Cod Lane before they arrived.

A preliminary investigation indicates the suspect drove to the house and approached the front door before opening fire.

Police said the shooter targeted the home and its occupants.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact Huntley police at 847-515-5311 or anonymously at 847-515-5333.