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Victim in Joliet driveway shooting hit by bullet from Raynor Avenue

Police continue to investigate Essington Road death

Joliet police said a man shot in a driveway Sunday evening was hit when bullets were fired from a vehicle on Raynor Avenue.

The 28-year-old victim has been taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood with life-threatening injuries.

The shooting happened shortly before 7 p.m. in the 400 block of South Raynor Avenue, police said.

The victim had a gunshot wound to his head.

No one else was hurt. But both the victim's vehicle and a nearby home also were hit by gunshots, police said in a press release.

Police did not say if the man lived at the residence.

The Joliet Fire Department reported the man was in critical condition when he was transported by ambulance to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet.

He was later transferred to Loyola University Medical Center, police said.

Police continue to investigate the shooting and are seeking assistance from the public.

Anyone with information or video footage is asked to contact the Joliet Police Investigations Division at 815-724-3020. They can also contact Will County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-323-6734 or crimestoppersofwillcounty.org if they wish to remain anonymous.

Essington Road death

The Raynor Avenue shooting was one of two violent incidents from the weekend.

Police on Monday provided no new information about the death of John Banda, 34, of Joliet in a burning vehicle off Essington Road other than that the vehicle was a sport utility vehicle.

Firefighters found Banda's body in the SUV after being called to extinguish the fire at about 5:20 a.m. on Saturday.

The burning SUV was behind a restaurant at 1508 Essington Road.

Banda's mother told The Herald-News on Sunday that she was informed by police that they believe the car had exploded.

Police on Monday issued a press release on the incident but did not respond to emails seeking additional information, including whether the SUV had exploded.

The police department is "actively investigating this incident and will update the public at a later date when it has more information," the release said.

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