A Joliet man was charged with gunning down two men in an SUV on the city's south end.
Tommie McDonald, 41,was booked into the Will County jail on murder charges about 5 p.m., police said.
Shortly before 1 a.m., Wednesday, officers responded to a report of an SUV in the roadway near the corner of Chicago Street and Fifth Avenue, police said in a statement released Wednesday.
The driver was reportedly slumped behind the wheel of the vehicle, police said.
The officers found two men inside the SUV, police said. One, 45-year-old Tracy Williams of Joliet, was dead. The other, Bernard Marble, also of Joliet, was mortally wounded and later died at AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Center.
Officers determined McDonald was sitting in the SUV with Marble and Williams prior to the killings, police said.
"An argument ensued and at one point McDonald shot both Williams and Marble," police said. "McDonald then fled the scene prior to officers arrival."
Officers tracked down McDonald on Mississippi Avenue and brought him in for questioning, police said.
"McDonald made statements indicating his involvement in the shooting," police said. "The firearm believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered at the scene."
Williams’ mother, Dorthy Ross, said her son “helped anybody and everybody” and was not involved in anything bad.
“He had his ups and downs but he was a good son,” Ross said.
She said Williams was the father of five children.
“I’m just devastated,” Ross said.
Williams’ fiance, who did not want to be named, said he left his home in Joliet before the incident to help someone with a flat tire and never returned.
“He was a very good person. A good man, a father, a church man,” she said.
Marble’s sister Marquitta Marble said her brother worked as a detailer for the former Bill Jacobs car dealership in Joliet for about 16 to 17 years until he lost his job when the dealership was acquired by Hawk Auto.
“He cleaned your car better than anyone I know,” Marquitta Marble said.
She said Bernard Marble was the father of nine children and grandfather to 21 grandchildren.
“They all call him ‘Paw Paw,’” she said.
Bernard Marble’s mother, Ruthie Marble, said he was a dedicated and honorable son.
“I loved him and he loved me,” she said.
Marquitta Marble said her family is heartbroken over his death.
“There’s too much tragedies and murders going on in Joliet,” she said.
She said her family “hate the way he went.” She said her family is waiting to receive more information about what happened to him from the police.
Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner lauded his department for their work in arresting McDonald.
“Due to the great work done by our officers, detectives, and evidence technicians throughout the night, the person responsible for this tragic and senseless act is in custody," Roechner said.
"My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of Tracy Williams and Bernard Marble," he said. "Hopefully the families can find some semblance of closure knowing that the person responsible is in custody."