Gunman In Edgewater Murder-Suicide Was Jail Guard

CHICAGO (CBS) – The gunman who shot and killed a woman and himself in broad daylight in the Edgewater neighborhood was a Cook County correctional officer, offiicals said Tuesday.

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The shooting happened outside on the 6200 block of North Sheridan Road about 3:20 p.m. Monday, according to police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety. The incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide, police said.

WBBM Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports the man and woman were walking east toward the lake on Granville Avenue, when the man suddenly pulled out a gun and fired a total of at least eight shots at the woman — five of them after she had already fallen. The man sat down on the curb and shot himself in the head, as two children walking past took cover, the witness told the Chicago Tribune.

The man who shot himself is identified as Alexander Rojo, 50, of Plainfield. He was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston at 3:55 p.m. Monday, according to a Cook County Medical Examiner’s office spokeswoman.

The woman was identified as Nancy Rojo, 53, who is believed to be Alexander Rojo’s estranged wife. She was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital at 3:49 p.m. Monday, according to the Medical Examiner’s office.

Rojo had worked as a correctional officer at the Cook County Jail since 1998. He was assigned to work in a specialized unit that responds to emergencies or security situations at the jail, according to county sheriff’s office spokesman Steve Patterson.

Rojo had no disciplinary history at work. Some younger officers considered him a mentor, and he used his own physical fitness as a motivator for them to work harder, Patterson said.

This past Sunday, Rojo had even run the Chicago Marathon, Patterson said.

Rojo was also a former U.S. Marine who had been honorably discharged in 1983, Patterson said. He worked security jobs before joining the sheriff’s office.

“Some who knew him through work knew he’d been experiencing some difficulties in his personal life, but nothing that caused any concern. They never saw any signs of distress or thought he could do anything like this,” Patterson said by e-mail. “They’re all stunned.”

Officers from the sheriff’s peer support program have been available to Rojo’s colleagues and roll call, Patterson said.

The Sacred Heart/Hardey Prep elementary school is located on the block where the shooting happened. The shooting scene is also only a couple of blocks south of Loyola University’s Lake Shore campus.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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  • Kelly

    I would like to offer my services as a proofreader for your writers. The errors in this story are appalling.

  • Bill

    This is better then the article on the Tribune site.

  • HK

    Mr. Rojos family, & co-workers knew about the difficulties he faced in a rocky marriage after loosing a son to suicide. I can say that I don’t work for the dpt. but word came to me a few years ago about this man, and I was immediately concerned about him. I knew it was a matter of time. Someone from the dpt, or his friends and family circle should of had stood up, and deputized him for the safety of both him and his ex-wife.

    • DJ

      Dear, MR.HK I ask of you if you heard of such a tragedy going to unfold why did you not come forward with your concern? Instead you waitied till all this unfolded nd both sides of the family have lost a “MOTHER A FATHER” son, brother,friend. The Sheriffs dept has nothing to do with this matter. This could of happened to anyone as yourself a “MR.HK” please know all the facts before you make any comments. Or please come forward and give your condolences since you seem to hear everything that is happening in “our family” THANK YOU!

  • hurt

    This story is wrong his wife wasn’t stranged for one!! She was the most caring beautiful and generous women I ever met. I will forever look up to her for her strength. just because she showed for hurt over her son doesn’t make her crazy. At least she vented her problems and didn’t keep them bottled up!!!

  • Kafe

    Dear Hurt,
    When they referred to the wife as “estranged” they meant separated, they did not refer to her as strange.

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