Hazel Crest police said Monday afternoon they had a person of interest in custody in connection with the shooting death of a woman hours earlier.
Chief Thomas Folliard was confident the man they have is the shooter but said charges would likely take some time because of the Labor Day holiday.
Neighbors at the Versailles Apartments in the 18100 block of Kedzie Avenue in far south suburb said they woke up to the sound of five or six gunshots at about 4:15 a.m. Later, police confirmed those shots killed a woman who lived in the building.
"It's kinda scary. I grew up in the neighborhood, so never want to see anything like that around," said a resident, Ben, who declined to give his full name.
"I really feel sad for the family of the victim that lost their life today. Sad situation," said another neighbor.
The shooting prompted an hours-long manhunt, with police scouring the grounds of the complex for evidence. It certainly wasn't a typical scene for the quiet neighborhood, especially on a holiday.
"It's crazy. It's crazy. Usually it's quiet out here," said one neighbor.
Police took the person of interest into custody on Chicago's south side about five hours after the shooting. Authorities said the man was about to board the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line or the Greyhound Bus.
As police held him at the Hazel Crest police Station, a man outside who identified himself as the person of interest's father said his 40-year old son was being questioned in the shooting of the son's longtime girlfriend.
The victim's name has not been publicly released.