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Cops seek Ill. gunman who asked about honeybees

Sheriff's Department spokesman says the man tried to talk to all three victims about bees


Associated Press

CHICAGO — Authorities are searching for a disheveled gunman they say asked about honeybees before shooting three men, one of them fatally, in rural areas of Illinois and Indiana.

The apparently random shootings began around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at a work site in Illinois and ended about an hour later across the state line on an Indiana farm.

This composite sketch provided Thursday Oct. 7, 2010 by Lake County Police Department shows the suspect in Tuesday's random shootings at a work site in Illinois who ended about an hour later across the state line on an Indiana farm.
This composite sketch provided Thursday Oct. 7, 2010 by Lake County Police Department shows the suspect in Tuesday's random shootings at a work site in Illinois who ended about an hour later across the state line on an Indiana farm.

The gunman fatally shot 45-year-old Rolando Alonso and wounded 19-year-old Joshua Garza near Beecher, Ill. He later wounded 64-year-old farmer Keith Dahl near Lowell, Ind.

The suspect, described as heavyset, unkempt and mentally unbalanced, is thought to be driving a 1990s Chevrolet pickup with a loud muffler.

Will County Sheriff's Department spokesman Pat Barry says the man tried to talk to all three victims about bees.

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