Prominent attorney fatally  shot at Northfield home;  Winnetka man charged

Prominent attorney fatally shot at Northfield home; Winnetka man charged

A man was taken into custody Monday night after a standoff in north suburban Winnetka. He allegedly shot and killed a lawyer in the victim’s home in nearby Northfield. The victim, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Stephen Shapiro, was 72 years old.

He was shot in his home in the 200 block of Latrobe Avenue just before 7:20 p.m. According to police, the suspect fled into the nearby woods and then back to his Winnetka apartment, located near Tower and Green Bay roads.

Northfield police, with the help of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System, established a perimeter around the apartment and secured the area. Police warned residents to stay alert and avoid the area.

“I’ve never seen a gun ever in Winnetka,” said Aaron Goldstein, a neighbor. “This is one of the safest neighborhoods in the entire world.”

The suspect, 66-year-old John Gately III, gave himself up to authorities and was taken into custody without incident around 10:35 p.m. Monday. The North Regional Major Crimes Task Force were questioning him. The charges were announced late Wednesday.

The suspect is the brother-in-law of Stephen Shapiro. According to police, Gately also tried to shoot his sister, Joan Shapiro. She was paying Gately’s rent and also covered his other expenses. According to authorities, the siblings had arguments about how Gately was handling the money.

Shapiro is survived by his wife and daughter, and he had a son who recently passed away.

A partner at Mayer Brown, he was the founder and senior member of the Supreme Court and Appellate practice. According to a statement from the firm, under Shapiro’s leadership the group became the largest of its kind in the country.