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UPDATED: Police Arrest Suspect in Oak Forest, Markham Shootings

Oak Forest authorities say 32-year-old Terrell Randall shot two Markham women. He was caught in Lansing, according to police.

UPDATED, 5:22 p.m.

The man who police believe was responsible for shooting two women early this morning in Oak Forest and Markham has been apprehended, said Oak Forest Police Det. Bob Frias. 

Terrell Randall, 32, was arrested without incident and with the assistance of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and South Suburban Emergency Response Team. He is in the custody of Oak Forest police. The case is currently under investigation, and charges are pending, Frias said.

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are searching for a man they said shot two Markham women, leaving one in in critical condition.

Randall, 32, of an unknown address, is believed to be armed and dangerous, and driving a 1999 beige Chevrolet Malibu with the Illinois license plate A174244, according to a statement from authorities Friday.

Police are asking for the public's help in finding Randall, but they warn that Randall should not be approached. Anyone with information about the location of Randall or his vehicle should call 911.

Police say early Friday morning, officers responded to the 15400 block of Cicero Avenue to reports of a 28-year-old woman on the ground. Upon arrival, officers determined that the victim had been shot and was in serious condition, the release stated.

The victim was conscious and able to identify her attacker before she was transported to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, where she underwent surgery and is in critical condition.

An investigation revealed Terrell Randall was the shooter, police say.

Later, around 4:30 a.m. Friday, another female was shot in Markham, and authorities identified Randall as the shooter in that incident as well.

Randall has four previous convictions for weapon offenses and five convictions for dangerous drugs, according to police. He was released on parole in May, authorities said, after being in custody for two years.

“I am outraged that such a dangerous felon would be released from prison after serving only a short period of time with the Department of Corrections," Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson said. "These shootings could have been prevented if dangerous criminals such as Randall would have served more of their sentence.”

For more details or to provide police with information on Randall's whereabouts, people should call the Oak Forest Police Department at 708-687-1376 or the Markham Police Department at 708-331-2171.

Chester A. Arthur August 30, 2011 at 02:48 PM
I am proud to live in a community in which we can all get together and shun what is wrong and fight for what is right. We live in a diverse community and that is part of the reason that makes it such a wonderful place to live. This loser that committed such a heinous crime should pay forever for those crimes. However, I agree with Patch editors that we have to be reasonable and not label out an entire group of people for the actions of one. Not only is it not fair, but it really sends a wrong message to people outside our community. We want people to move into Oak Forest thinking that it is a family town, yet a family town that does not put up with lowlives and criminals. We are not going to be one of those communities that sees crime happen but does not call police. If we turn into a community that shuns diversity because of fear of criminal element we will be sending a message to people that outsiders are not welcome in Oak Forest. Well, we need outsiders. We have many vacant homes that need good, working families that want the same dreams that we do. We need people that want a good family town for their kids to enjoy their youth, get a quality education and grow up safe. If we send the wrong message, we will not attract those decent people. Those decent folks don't want to be part of a community that shuns other good people. We will end up only attracting a lower class of people that could care less about what it means to be a community.
Chester A. Arthur August 30, 2011 at 02:51 PM
We are the people of Oak Forest. We take care of our own.
Ez Beezy September 07, 2011 at 01:11 AM
The first who was shot, 28, was my big cousin. She passed away tonight. :( RIP.
Tamarack September 07, 2011 at 01:17 AM
I'm so sorry. I offer my condolences to you and your family.
Ez Beezy September 07, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Thank u. It's much appreciated.

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