Man Sets Fire, Shoots Self: Sources

Sunday, Apr 17, 2011  |  Updated 1:47 PM CDT
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Man Sets Fire, Shoots Self: Sources

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An autopsy Sunday was inconclusive for a Humboldt Park man who allegedly ignited his home on fire then shot himself late Saturday on the West Side.

The body of a man identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Andre Conrad was found about 11:30 p.m. Saturday inside his burning apartment at 1507 N. California Avenue, police said.

Someone who had walked past and smelled smoke at the the 2-story building called 911, according to a Shakespeare District police lieutenant.

Emergency crews got to the scene and had to force their way in because the doors were locked form the inside. Conrad was found shot to death on the second-floor and the gun used was found with him, the lieutenant said.

Conrad, 59, was dead on the scene, according to the M.E.'s office.  An autopsy Sunday was inconclusive and was pending a police investigation.

The lieutenant said the victim allegedly started the fire and then shot himself.  No one else was inside the building and the tenants who lived on the first-floor had moved out months ago.

The apartment did not sustain a lot of fire damage and no other injuries were reported.

Sources said Conrad allegedly ignited a fire in the basement of the building then went upstairs and shot himself after a property dispute.

The lieutenant said no note was found and neighbors told police Conrad was “angry” for an unidentified reason.

Grand Central Area detectives are conducting a death investigation.

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