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Joliet police investigating St. Ray's cathedral crash, whether shooting actually occurred

The Joliet police are investigating the crash at the Cathedral of St. Raymond that left two men with injuries that were not life threatening, and determining whether a shooting may have occurred.

Officers responded to the crash at 1:55 a.m. Thursday at 504 N. Raynor Ave. and found a vehicle that left the roadway and struck two pillars in front of the cathedral, according to the Joliet police.

The 29-year-old male driver and 26-year-old male passenger both had injuries that were not life threatening, police said.

The driver was taken to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet for injuries to the upper body and head, police said. The passenger was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox for treatment for a broke collarbone and cuts to his hand, police said.

“It was later determined by medical staff that the driver had metal fragments in his head due to a possible gunshot wound,” police said.

Officers were able to determine the vehicle was heading north on Raynor Avenue at a high rate of speed before the crash, according to police.

“No other vehicles were seen in the area at the time of the crash and there were no calls of shot fired. The driver gave inconsistent accounts as to where the shooting occurred and who was involved.” police said.

The passenger also had “no recollection of a shooting occurring,” according to the police.

“No crime scene was located due to being unable to locate where the shooting occurred,” police said.

The case is under investigation, police said.

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