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Woodstock Police investigating homicide after gunfire reports at Calhoun, Jefferson streets

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man was shot and killed Friday morning just off the Woodstock Square.

UPDATE: The man has been identified as 41-year-old Cesar Rangel.

Police responded to the municipal lot near the intersection of East Calhoun and South Jefferson streets after two reports of gunfire at 1:13 a.m., according to a news release from the Woodstock Police Department.

A man was found on the scene and transported by the Woodstock Fire Rescue District to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock where he later died, according to police and a news release from the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy on the victim, who the coroner’s office described as a middle-aged man from Woodstock, was completed Friday afternoon. He died from blood loss because of a gunshot wound, according to the release.

The identity of the man was withheld pending notification of family, according to the release.

The investigation “continues and is progressing,” Deputy Police Chief Jeff Parsons said in a news release sent out about 5:15 p.m. Friday.

“At this time, information that has been developed indicates that this is an isolated incident and no heightened risk to the public safety appears to exist,” Parsons said in the release.

Police could not immediately be reached for information on the investigation or the identity of the man.

Melissa Neer lives in an apartment building not far from the intersection. She said she heard commotion late last night.

“I came out to smoke and heard two people talking – loud enough that I could hear one of them. Then I heard four or five loud booms,” Neer said. “I got scared and went inside. My boyfriend thought it was fireworks, but I didn’t.”

Neer and her neighbors expressed disbelief regarding the alleged shooting.

“Our building doesn’t let us smoke inside, so we’re always out there,” Felicia Graham said. “That’s scary.”

The Woodstock Police Department and the McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team are actively investigating the death and ask anyone with information regarding the incident or offenders to call the MIAT tip line at 815-363-2201. Messages left on the tip line are anonymous unless the caller wants to identify himself or herself.

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