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Firm Says Attorney Gunned Down in Northfield Was ‘One of the Most Accomplished Appellate Lawyers' in Country

The fatal shooting of an attorney in the north suburbs has "shocked and saddened" friends and colleagues, his law firm said in a statement Tuesday. 

One person is in custody after a deadly shooting in Northfield Monday night, according to police. The shooting took place just after 7 p.m. in the 200 block of Latrobe Avenue in suburban Northfield, officials said.

Steve Shapiro, who lived in that same block, was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:55 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Authorities said he was 71 years old. 

"We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Steve Shapiro, our friend and colleague," John Tuerck of Mayer Brown law firm said. "Steve joined our firm in 1972 and was promoted to partner in 1978, becoming one of the most accomplished appellate lawyers in the United States. Our thoughts are with Steve’s family at this difficult time."

Few details were released on what took place leading up to the shooting, which prompted a massive police response.

"When Glencoe and Winnetka police showed up, they responded and eventually set up a perimeter and once they got more word, they shifted the perimeter farther to keep us out of the danger," area resident Blake Segvich said.

Officials said the shooting was domestic in nature and there was no threat to the community.

Hours later, several neighboring departments and a SWAT team filled a street in nearby Winnetka, asking the public to avoid the busy area of Tower Road between Hibbard and Green Bay.

There, police said officers took one suspect into custody. Further details on the arrest, including the suspect's identity, were not available.

Neighbor Marilyn Hiebeler, who lives across the street from where the shooting occurred, told NBC 5 Shapiro was married, lost a son to heart disease about two years ago and also had a daughter who was recently married.

“My heart goes out to them," she said. "All our neighbors feel terrible."

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