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Cops: Car with four teens struck by gunfire in Joliet

The shooting that led to a brief lockdown of Joliet Central High School took place near Miller and Second avenues, about a mile away from the campus, according to police.

On Wednesday, a car with four teens was driving on Miller Avenue when it was shot by “unknown occupants of a white pickup truck, causing damage to their vehicle,” according to a statement released by the Joliet police.

Two 17-year-old boys left the vehicle after the shooting and were found by officers in the 100 block of South Collins Street. Two 18-year-old men who were still in the vehicle were found by officers near Washington and Richards streets.

None of the four was injured in the shooting, police said.

Officers searched the area and found spent shell casings near the 100 block of Meda Avenue.

“At this time nothing else appeared to be struck by gunfire,” according to the release.

Officers responded to a report of the shooting about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Joliet Central High School was put on lockdown about 2:40 p.m. as a precaution and the lockdown was lifted about 15 minutes later, police said. Joliet Township High School District 204 officials also placed the Pathways Campus, the Transition Center and the district’s Infant Childcare Center on lockdown.

A similar shooting occurred on Republic Avenue on Feb. 7. Occupants of two cars driving in opposite directions exchanged gunfire, police said.

Jeremiah Frazier, 17, was killed in the incident. Frazier was riding in a car with Javontae Gray, 22, who was arrested for firing at the other car occupied by Rasean Stokes, 18, and Jeremiah Gavin, 22, according to police and court records.

Stokes was arrested and charged with killing Frazier. Gavin is still at large, police said.

On Dec. 8, Joliet police officers reported that two unoccupied vehicles parked on Wheeler Avenue and a residence on Fisk Avenue were damaged by gunfire from an occupant of another vehicle.

Officers believed the shooter opened fire in the direction of another vehicle and both vehicles fled before police responded to the scene.

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