Man Shot on Hemlock Pronounced Dead

Updated Thursday, January 25, 2007, 12:38 p.m. 

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Park Forest police issued a press release early Wednesday afternoon.  According to the release, on Wednesday, January 24th, 2007 at 2:26 a.m., Park Forest Police Officers responded to a call of a man shot at 51A Hemlock.  The 27 year old male occupant of that address, James Bray, had been shot several times when he responded to knocks at his front door, according to the release.

The release goes on to say Park Forest Fire Department EMS responded and transported Bray to St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields for emergency treatment. Park Forest Police Detectives responded and called the Illinois State Police Evidence Unit to process the crime scene. The PFPD Investigations Commander activated the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force at 3:30 a.m.  The SSMCTF is a combined unit of local, county and state Detectives who assist member agencies by providing manpower and technical support in major crimes.

Update: The Park Forest Police Department issued an update on this information.  The release says "On Thursday, January 25th, 2007, the Park Forest Police Department was notified by the Cook County Medical Examiners Office that shooting victim, James Bray, 27 years old, was pronounced dead.  The official cause of death will not be determined until a post-mortem examination is completed." 

Bray suffered at least two gunshot wounds including one to the head, according to the updated release.

Source: Park Forest Police Department