A 19-year-old man shot outside a Pleasant Prairie restaurant Monday is dead, and police are still searching for suspects.
Police identified the victim Tuesday afternoon as Khaled M. Alchaar from Pleasant Prairie.
The shooting occurred in the parking lot of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, 10366 77th St., at 8:45 p.m., according to Randy Myles, Pleasant Prairie assistant police chief.
Myles said Alchaar was found with a gunshot wound in the parking lot and taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.
An autopsy was conducted Tuesday.
Alchaar lived in an apartment complex about a half-mile from the restaurant.
Police swarm area
Dixie Lee Nelson of Kenosha said she was working as a server at the restaurant Monday night when she heard a commotion outside — she said she thought she heard a shot and screaming — and soon after saw police lights outside.
“The police had the whole area surrounded, and I don’t mean just the restaurant, the whole area,” she said. “It couldn’t have been more than minutes before the entire area was surrounded.”
She said it appeared an ambulance was held at the back of the restaurant until police cleared the area outside.
According to police scanner traffic at the time of the shooting, the shooter may have fled into woods or bushes near the restaurant.
“From everything I gathered, it was considered an active shooter situation because they had no idea where the shooter fled to,” Nelson said.
Nelson said police — some in regular uniforms with guns drawn, some in tactical gear with rifles — came into the restaurant to search.
“They had everyone standing up against the wall with their hands against the wall and all patrons sitting with their hands above their heads,” she said. “They went car-by-car with dogs. They ran every plate in the parking lot.”
She said people inside were frightened. “I had three tables at the time. Two people were crying; one was praying,” she said.
She said the restaurant was on lockdown for hours as police searched the area.
“Finally maybe around 11:15 p.m. they started to allow small groups of people out that they cleared to leave,” Nelson said.
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The shooting led to a wide search of the area by Pleasant Prairie Police with help from the Kenosha Police Department, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police.
Police in tactical gear, and officers using drones and dogs, were part of the search.
An emergency text message warned residents of the law enforcement response to the area, and streets were shut down during the search.
“The suspect or suspects are unknown at this time,” Myles said.
The shooting and police response left local residents spooked.
It was the second fatal shooting in the area this month. On May 9, a 15-year-old girl was shot and killed in her home in the Horizons subdivision, about a mile away from Monday’s shooting scene. Her former boyfriend was charged with first-degree homicide in that shooting.
Myles said police believe the shooting Monday was not random.
“This appears to be isolated incident. There is no danger to the public,” Myles said. “I would say there is no indication that this was a random act. What precipitated it we’re still working on.”
Alchaar was active on social media selling used cars through an online marketplace.
Myles said the restaurant was busy at the time of the shooting and the parking lot was crowded with cars.
He said police are going through security video from the restaurant and other businesses in the area.
“That is one of the biggest things we’re working on now,” he said, saying a video specialist was working on the case.
Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the Pleasant Prairie Police Department at 262-694-7353 or Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 800-807-8477. Calls to Crime Stoppers that lead to arrest earn up to a $1,000 reward and can be made anonymously.