Cops looking for stolen SUV used by gunmen in North Side murder

Investigators are trying to identify this Jeep, believed to have been used in a murder in Irving Park on February 8, 2024. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Irving Park on Thursday morning hope someone knows the whereabouts of a vehicle that the murderers used during the crime.

Jose Luis Rodarte, 21, was driving east when the Jeep began following him in the 4300 block of West Montrose around 3:38 a.m.

As the vehicles neared Whipple Avenue and Irving Park Road, someone in the Jeep began shooting at Rodarte, striking him in the back of the head.

Rodarte crashed into several cars in the 3900 block of North Whipple and came to a stop after striking a tree, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, with gunshots being the cause of his death. The Jeep continued traveling south on Whipple.

Chicago police released this image of the white Jeep used by the gunmen. They said it was reported stolen from Wilmette and also bore a stolen license plate, EC50617.

Information can be shared with Area Five detectives at 312-746-6554. The case number is JH-144347.

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