McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Concludes Crystal Lake Area Shooting Was a Familial Triple Murder-Suicide After 5-Month Investigation

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. – Five months after a tragic event in a Crystal Lake area home, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has concluded that it was a triple murder-suicide. The family was found shot, and the coroner has released their causes of death. The sheriff’s office announced that the shooter, Jean Song, was “most likely suffering from a mental health crisis.”

Authorities have referred to Song as an “aggressor” and have revealed that he had a valid firearm owner’s identification card and concealed carry license. The sheriff’s office stated that it was a familial domestic situation that escalated from a verbal dispute to physical violence. The male shot and killed three females before taking his own life.

Coroner Michael Rein reported that the deaths of Chang Hee Song, Yuna Song, and Lauren Smith-Song were ruled homicides from multiple gunshot wounds. Jean Song’s death was ruled a suicide from a gunshot wound to the head.

A fifth person who has not been identified also was seriously injured in the shooting but survived and has been released from the hospital. The incident began with a 911 call from a woman inside the house saying someone was “shooting their relatives.” Police arrived to find the three family members dead and two others seriously wounded.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has encouraged community members to take advantage of resources available for aiding residents with different conditions and circumstances. The sheriff’s office worked with the McHenry County Major Investigations Assistance Team during the investigation.

In conclusion, the tragic events in Crystal Lake have been determined to be a result of a domestic situation that turned violent, resulting in the deaths of three family members and the shooter taking his own life. The authorities have stressed the importance of utilizing available resources to aid residents with various conditions and circumstances.