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Joliet Teen Shot Friday Afternoon in Suspected Gang Attack, Police Say

Police are seeking help in finding the suspects responsible for the assault, Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

A masked man driving an SUV shot at two 16-year-olds Friday afternoon, striking one in the leg, in what is believed to be a gang-related attack, Joliet Police Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. in the area of Ingalls Avenue and Elizabeth Street. The teens told police they were walking home from Joliet Central High School when the SUV pulled up near them and fired shots, Benton said.

The driver was wearing a ski mask and there was at least one other person in the vehicle, he said. The teens gave conflicting reports on the description of the SUV, saying it was either red, green or black in color.

Police believe the assault was targeted because the pair acknowledged they were associated with a gang, and that one had recently had altercation with a rival gang member, he said.

Benton did not have information on how many shots were fired or what type of gun was used, but did say only one teen was struck and that the two bullet wounds to his leg were not life-threatening. The victim was treated at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

There are currently no suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the Joliet Police Department's investigation unit at 815-724-3020 or CrimeStoppers of Will County at 800-323-6734. Tips can also be submitted via text message by texting “WILLCOCS” and TIP to 274637.

J. Ann May 06, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Conceal and carry classes are in full swing now, and it isn't free--you have to take a four hour class, pay $100+ for it and pass it---best to get informed so you won't pee-pee down your pants as some people suggest. DUH.
Able2survive May 06, 2013 at 11:44 PM
It isn't a big deal at all, except when something happens like Katrina, after the first week the state ordered all gun owner to turn in their guns, and after that they went door to door confiscating weapons. How Ido they know where to go? By lists that the government had, they where so busy taking guns that they forgot to help people for awhile trust me I was one of those people, they came in my house took all 3 of my guns and left. They never returned them either l, they said they had no evidence they were taken
GlockG22Shoots40s May 07, 2013 at 08:34 PM
That L fits rather nicely on your forehead...
CCW in Illinois May 09, 2013 at 11:47 PM
I owned a house in the 900 block of Elizabeth in the early 90's. Glad I got rid of it. Now I cant wait to get out of this state. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Illinois-Sucks-Lets-Move-Out-of-State/116805275027880
Just me and my opinion May 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Instead of the guns, can we go after the cars? No car, no drive by.

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