Police: Man fatally shoots pregnant wife, then himself in Woodridge

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - A man fatally shot his pregnant wife and critically wounded one of her relatives before turning the gun on himself Monday night in southwest suburban Woodridge, police said.

At 11:57 p.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired at a home in the 7700 block of Fox Drive, according to Woodridge police.

Officers found Shedrick Pryor, 32; and April Pryor, 24, in the living room with fatal gunshot wounds, police said. April Pryor was seven months pregnant. The fetus did not survive.

Another woman in her 20s was found in the back of the home with a gunshot wound, and she was taken to a hospital, police said. She was identified as a relative of April Pryor who remained in critical condition as of Thursday afternoon.

A handgun was found at the scene.

The DuPage County coroner’s office released a statement Tuesday afternoon calling the incident an “apparent homicide-suicide.”

The couple lived in west suburban Bellwood, but April Pryor had moved to a releative’s home on Fox Drive “several days ago” following a domestic dispute with her husband, police said.

He arrived at the home late Monday and forced his way inside, shot his wife and the other woman, and then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

“This tragedy is devastating for the two families involved,” Woodridge Police Chief Brian Cunningham said in a statement. “We hope they remain strong and united during this difficult time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Woodridge police at (630) 719-4740.

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