A 51-year-old Palos Heights man originally from Oak Lawn was in serious but stable condition at Advocate Christ Hospital Tuesday afternoon, 10 hours after he was shot in the stomach by two robbers who invaded his home near 131st Street and 80th Avenue.
Police said that Scott Farrow of Palos Heights was shot at his home. Farrow is the owner and president of United Insurance Services Ltd. in Palos Heights and is from Oak Lawn, according to his Facebook page.
A statement by the Palos Heights Department said they were dispatched to the home at 3:49 a.m Tuesday and spoke with the victim, who said he had been lying on his couch when he heard his rear door being forced open.
He was then accosted by the home invaders, one of whom hit him with a blunt object and then demanded money. The victim told police that when he resisted, one of the offenders shot him. They then grabbed a large amount of the victim’s cash and fled.
Footprints in the snow that had fallen overnight showed that they ran west, toward 131st Street and 80th Avenue.
After he was shot, the victim sought refuge in the home of a neighbor, who called police.
The victim told police that earlier in the evening, he had won a large amount of cash at a casino, which police declined to name. But news reports indicated it was the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. Police said the winnings may have made the victim a target.
The offenders remained at large Tuesday afternoon and are described as black men ages 20s to 30s, police said.
Palos Heights police said the crime posed “no immediate threat to residents” and were said to be gathering and reviewing surveillance video from the casino and several local sites.
“All local schools were contacted and made aware of the incident and told that no lockdown was necessary,” the statement added. “Cook County Sheriff’s Police evidence technicians were called to process the scene. Palos Heights police were also assisted by Palos Park police and Orland Park police.”