A man who fired back at and fatally shot another man at an Illinois gas station in April will not face charges. Police recently released surveillance footage of the incident, which shows the victim acting in self-defense.
On April 8, a man wearing a red hoodie while at the BP gas station at 7450 W. Grand Ave in Elmwood Park, Illinois, approached a man sitting in a car by a gas pump. The man in the red hoodie began firing shots into the car. The car driver got out of the driver’s seat and started firing shots back at the man. The suspect quickly ran off.
The man in the red hoodie, identified as 43-year-old Ronald Morales, was shot several times. He was later pronounced dead. Authorities announced that they would not be pressing charges against the man in the car since he acted in self-defense.
“This was an unfortunate and isolated incident,” Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano said. “But in the end, it was determined that the individual acted in self-defence. We are happy that no innocent citizens were injured. It appears that the initial shot was by Morales. We don’t know the reason why Morales would do that.”
The incident occurred after the man in the car made eye contact with Morales. Police can’t say for sure if that is what set Morales off, but so far there’s no indication that the two men knew each other.
Authorities gave credit to BP’s “state-of-the art camera system” in helping them make a decision on the case, since it provided clear, color footage of the entire incident. The man in the car, whose name is disclosed, wasn’t injured.
[Feature Photo: Elmwood Park PD/BP Surveillance Screenshot]