U.S. postal inspectors and Elk Grove Village police continue canvassing a neighborhood off Arlington Heights Road south of Elk Grove High School where an unidentified postal worker was reportedly shot at about 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve.
“A small army of federal agents” is working out of the Elk Grove Village police station, Police Chief Chuck Walsh said. Police are asking if anyone might have been a witness or has any home surveillance video to contact authorities.
Police said the victim exited his unmarked postal vehicle on Brantwood Avenue near Smethwick Lane after being shot while driving eastbound on Brantwood near Smethwick and calling out for help.
Reports say several nearby residents, one who is a retired Chicago police officer, came to the postal worker’s aid and called 911, sheltering the white male until paramedics arrived.
Responding paramedics transported the postal worker to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, a written statement from Elk Grove Village police said. Walsh said in a television interview Tuesday the postal worker was shot several times, was operated on and is now in stable condition.
The police statement issued late Monday night said witnesses told investigators they saw a dark SUV fleeing the area immediately after the shooting.
Walsh said in the television interview police are in possession of video from a doorbell camera in the neighborhood.