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

Cops search for suspects

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.

At close to 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 resident who had earlier been in the parking lot at the Birches Apartments on White Birch Lane in Joliet. 

As the person was walking up to the front door of the apartment complex, the individual was shot, Botzum said. The gunfire reportedly hit the victim in the foot and the buttocks. Both injuries were considered non-life threatening. 

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

Shortly after 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 was shot, Botzum said.

The woman was reportedly 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. 

This is a developing story; check back with The Herald-News for updates.

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