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Police: 2 people injured by gunfire, car also hit on Jefferson Street

Injuries in shootings were not life-threatening

Two people in Joliet were hit by gunfire in the past two weeks, and one person’s car was shot at near Jefferson and Hickory streets, police said.

About 9:30 p.m. April 17, officers responded to Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet after receiving a report of a person who had been shot, Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said.

Officers were able to determine the reported victim was a 20-year-old Park Forest man who had earlier been in the parking lot of the Birches Apartments on White Birch Lane in Joliet. 

The man was shot as he walked up to the front door of the apartment complex, Botzum said.

The gunfire reportedly hit the victim in the foot and the buttocks. Neither injury was considered life-threatening. 

Botzum said he had no information on suspects, and the investigation is ongoing. 

About 7 p.m. Monday, officers responded to Jefferson and Hickory streets after receiving a report of shots fired. Officers located a 51-year-old woman whose vehicle had been shot, Botzum said.

The woman reportedly was stopped at a red light while heading east on Jefferson Street when shots were fired. Her vehicle was hit.

She did not appear to be the target of the attack, Botzum said.

While officers were on the scene, they were told a 22-year-old man was at an area hospital with a gunshot wound above his eyelid that did not appear to be life-threatening, Botzum said. 

“The victim was uncooperative with officers as to what occurred,” he said. 

Other shootings have taken place in Joliet over the past year.

Joliet police arrested a 17-year-old boy on April 18 for allegedly firing a gun at a passing car in the 200 block of North Center Street.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

On Feb. 21, 13-year-old Dirksen Junior High School student Javier Cayetano was shot to death, and two other 13-year-olds were wounded near the corner of Morgan and May streets. 

The day after Cayetano’s death, two men, ages 20 and 30, were wounded in a shooting near the corner of Fourth Avenue and Union Street.

On Feb. 25, Eugene Holmes, 27, was shot and killed on South Ottawa Street. 

On Feb. 27, Brandyn Lee, 34, allegedly fatally shot Jacquelon Gaskin, 28, and their two children, Gianna Lee, 6, and Giovanni Lee, 1, before shooting himself.

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