Police are ramping up their investigation into the actions of a Chicago man who shot and killed three people he claims were attempting to break into his home.
“We have noticed inconsistencies in his story and detectives are continuing to investigate,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Monday morning.
“We’re in the middle of the interrogation,” Guglielmi said, noting that he could not share any additional details. “We’re pressing pretty hard.”
The man, who police have yet to identify, shot and killed three people around 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon: 17-year-old Antonio Lopez, 22-year-old Narcisco Ledesma and an unidentified 24-year-old woman, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The man claims the three individuals broke into the basement of a home he shares with his parents. The man shot each intruder multiple times before locking himself in a room and calling the police.
Asked whether the intruders were armed, Guglielmi said the police only recovered one weapon at the scene.
According to initial reports, the police at first believed the shooting to be self-defense and no charges were expected to be filed. The man owned the gun legally and possessed a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card. Further investigation, however, has revealed more cause for concern.
The man hired an attorney on Monday afternoon, though no charges have officially been filed.
“I passed by and I had seen all the police in front of his house, so I went and parked my truck down the block and I walked over here with my girlfriend and I told her I know something is bad because they’re all in front of his house,” Havi Real, a friend of the homeowner, told local media.
Real also told reporters that there had been a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood.
“There have been a lot of home invasions in the area,” Real said. “It really doesn’t come to me as a surprise. I’m just flabbergasted because it happened to one of my close friends.”
Chicago is known for both its draconian gun laws and its high crime rates. While property crimes have generally been on the decline since 2001, violent crime has held steady.
East Side, the neighborhood in which the shooting took place, ranks 53 in terms of violent crime and 70 in terms of property crime, as per the Chicago Tribune’s 30-day crime report. The report covers a total of 78 neighborhoods within the city’s community.