JOLIET – Police believe a 20-year-old woman was slain Tuesday because of the car she was riding in.
"Based on preliminary reports and witness interviews, it appears the vehicle was targeted, not the occupants," Police Chief Brian Benton said Wednesday.
At 5:51 p.m., Jourdyn J. Williamson was riding in the passenger seat of a silver Saturn that turned into the 100 block of Mississippi Avenue. Benton said a woman was driving and three young children occupied the back seat.
A group of six to eight black men were "standing on the side of the street and opened fire when they saw the vehicle," Benton said. "There was more than one shooter."
Williamson was shot in the forehead before the Saturn sped away to the parking lot of a convenience store near Second Avenue and Richards Street, Benton said. The suspects ran from the scene.
A Joliet Fire Department ambulance took Williamson to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m.
"There has been no description of the suspects and we are asking for the public's help," Benton said. Anyone with information can call detectives at 815-724-3020 or anonymously call CrimeStoppers at 800-323-6734.
Benton said Tuesday's homicide is unrelated to a March 2 officer-involved shooting incident that began in the same block of Mississippi Avenue.