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Police: Teens shot at van with BB gun

JOLIET - Three teens were arrested after allegedly shooting a BB gun at a passing vehicle Saturday.

About 10:09 a.m., police stopped a Ford Windstar van that was speeding eastbound over the McDonough Street Bridge, according to Deputy Chief Ed Gregory. The 32-year-old driver told police he'd been driving near Marion and Comstock streets when the occupants of a black Chrysler Pacifica fired what appeared to be a rifle out the window.

Gregory said officers saw a hole in the Windstar's window and received a call of shots fired from that area. Police reportedly found the Pacifica on Hunter Avenue, which led them to an address on Morgan Street, Gregory said.

The victim reportedly identified Manuel A. Escamilla, 18, of the 300 block of Hunter Avenue, as the driver of the vehicle and two brothers - a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old - as the other occupants.

Gregory said no rifle was located, but the Pacifica was towed by police and BB's were found inside.

Escamilla was arrested on charges of reckless driving, reckless conduct and vandalism and released on bond. The two boys were charged with reckless conduct and vandalism.

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