JOLIET – Two teens sitting in their vehicle were shot and killed New Year’s Eve shortly before midnight.
The Joliet Police Department is investigating a double homicide that happened late Sunday around 11:30 p.m.
Deputy Police Chief Al Roechner said his department received a call around 11:40 p.m. from Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox about two people who were shot in Joliet.
Officers learned through talking to witnesses that the two victims were in a car with three other occupants in the 900 block of Rosalind Street in Joliet. Roechner said they were driving through the area and got lost.
The 21-year-old driver of the car told police that they saw two subjects approaching the vehicle but they couldn’t identify them. The driver said he tried to drive away but that the road was slippery. He said he felt the vehicle being hit several times with gunfire.
Two passengers were hit, Victor J. Arroyo, 15-year-old boy in the rear driver’s side seat and Aliyah M. Salazar, a 17-year-old girl in the middle rear seat. The group then drove to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.
There Salazar was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. and Arroyo was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m. Roechner initially said Salazar was a Lockport resident and Arroyo was a Romeoville resident, but the Will County Coroner stated in a news release that both victims were residents of Joliet. The Will County Coroner went on to state that Salazar suffered one gunshot wound and Arroyo suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Roechner added that there were no other witnesses to the shooting and his department did not receive any other calls of gunfire in the area. He said they’re hoping more witnesses call with information on the shooting.
“Hopefully we’ll get some phone calls,” Roechner said.
A woman who lives in one of the condos, and who asked not to be identified, said the shooting happened right outside her home.
She was in the kitchen of her home with her kids upstairs when she heard what happened.
“We heard damn near 20 shots,” she said. “Everybody got down.”
She said she immediately dropped to the floor because she thought the gunfire was coming in the direction of her condo. She tried to go upstairs where her kids were to make sure they were safe.
The woman said she didn’t see anything, which was what she told the police when they knocked on her door to ask her questions, she said. She also said that the shooting probably was captured by a street camera on Rosalind Street.
The Will County Coroner’s Office added that Delgado Funeral Home in Joliet is handling funeral arrangements for both victims. Yari Arroyo, who said she is Victor Arroyo’s sister, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral arrangements.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Joliet Police Department Investigations Division at 815-724-3020 or Will County Crimestoppers at 800-323-6734 if you wish to report it anonymously.