A Palos Heights man was beaten and shot in a home invasion early Tuesday after returning home from Horseshoe Casino in Hammond with a large amount of money from gambling winnings, police said.
Scott Farrow, 51, was in serious but stable condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn on Wednesday morning, Palos Heights Deputy Police Chief Dave Delaney said.
Police were called to the 7900 block of West 131st Street at 3:49 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a man who had been shot. Farrow told police he was lying on his couch minutes earlier when he heard the back door of his home being forced open.
Farrow said he was confronted by two men, one of whom hit him with a blunt object and demanded his money. Police said Farrow resisted and one of the men shot him in the abdomen once.
Footprints showed the men fled westbound toward 131st Street and 80th Avenue. Farrow ran to a neighbor's home, where residents called police and paramedics.
Farrow told police he was at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond before the home invasion and won a large amount of money. He believed he was targeted for his winnings, police said.
Delaney said Wednesday police have "had a lot of cooperation from the casino" in their investigation.
No one was in custody Wednesday morning in connection with the shooting.