3 Dead in Elk Grove Village Murder Suicide

Man shot another man, woman before shooting himself and setting van on fire, police say

By Sharon Wright
|  Friday, Sep 24, 2010  |  Updated 5:44 PM CDT
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3 Dead in Elk Grove Village Murder Suicide

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Three people dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Elk Grove Village on Friday morning are believed to be family members, authorities said.

The deceased, according to friends and neighbors but not confirmed by authorities, are Ken Sova, 24, and his mother, Nancy Johnson.  They were shot at about 7:30 a.m. in a basement unit of the Boardwalk Condominiums complex, located on the 100 block of Boardwalk Street of the Northwest suburb.

They're believed to have been shot by Johnson's husband, Kenneth Johnson, who later drove onto a nearby soccer field and shot himself just as police were arriving to investigate a call about shots being fired.  The van then erupted into flames.

"He was running through the stairs and told one of the neighbors, 'Call the police.  I just shot my wife and step-son,'" said family friend Stacey Fensin.  "And then he came out here and drove right here through the grass and, I guess, put it right in front of the apartment window so she could see the whole thing, or anybody could see the whole thing."

Officers later gained entry to the condo unit and found the bodies of Sova and his mother. 

Police said they don't believe anyone else is involved and that the public is not in any danger. 

"We're not looking for anyone," said Elk Grove Deputy Police Chief Michael Kirkpatrick.

The soccer field is near the Elk Grove Township Community Day Care Center.  Children already inside were moved to a different part of the school, away from the field.

"Until we knew for sure what was going on, we went into lockdown and moved the kids away from the side of the building near the field," Township Supervisor Nanci Vanderweel told the Daily Herald. "Once the police told us there wasn't an immediate threat, we decided not to cancel school." 

She said no children saw the man in the burning van.

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