Police investigating fatal shooting in Romeoville

2nd fatal shooting in roughly 2 weeks

Detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Romeoville.

Officers found Dennis Lee, 24, of Romeoville with a fatal gunshot wound, Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Brant Hromadka said. Lee was found in a vehicle, Hromadka said.

About 10 p.m. Wednesday, officers were sent to Taylor Road west of Weber Road in response to a report of a man who had been shot, Hromadka said.

Officers went to the area and then were told the vehicle was in the 1700 block of Autumn Woods Lane, Hromadka said.

“Upon arrival, officers located a male subject with a gunshot wound in the front passenger area of the vehicle,” Hromadka said.

Officers performed life-saving measures on Lee until paramedics arrived, Hromadka said. Lee was then taken to AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, where he was pronounced deceased, Hromadka said.

Hromadka said the gunshot that struck Lee was fired inside the vehicle.

“This was an isolated incident and there is no danger to the community,” Hromadka said.

Anyone with information on the incident should call Romeoville Police Department at 815-886-7219 and ask for an investigator, Hromadka said.

Lee’s death is the second fatal shooting in Romeoville in roughly two weeks.

On Aug. 27, officers responded to the 700 block of Honeytree Drive in response to a report of gunshots in the area, Romeoville police said.

Officers found a man dead on the ground outside of a home who was identified as Zamir Williams, 20, of Romeoville.

On the same day, detectives arrested Patrick Otchere, 19, who lives on Honeytree Drive, in connection with Williams’ death.

“The shooting occurred following a verbal altercation between the victim and Otchere. Otchere personally knew the victim in this incident,” police said.

Prosecutors later charged Otchere with second-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and violation of bail bond.

Otchere was previously in jail on Feb. 10 on charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm with defaced serial numbers.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News