Mass shooting in Chicago area at Halloween party kills 2, injures more than a dozen, police say
A Will County Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant heard 10 to 12 gunshots just after 12:30 a.m. in Joliet Township, the sheriff’s office said in a report. Press release.
The sergeant went to the shooting area and observed more than 100 people fleeing a house party. He then walked to the Jackson Street and Grinton Avenue area, where he believed the shots were coming from.
Witnesses on the run told the officer the shooting took place in the backyard of the house at 1018 E. Jackson Street.
Additional officers arrived and found casualties in the backyard and in nearby homes, and more gunshots were heard nearby, authorities said.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office said more than a dozen people had been hospitalized. Two were confirmed dead and four others were seriously injured as a result of injuries sustained at the party.
Police estimated that around 200 people attended a Halloween party at the house and that the shooting took place outside near a backyard DJ booth.
Authorities said it appeared the shooting took place from “an elevated position on a porch overlooking the crowd.”
Witnesses told police they believed there were two shooters.
Fox News has contacted the sheriff’s office for additional information on the suspects.
“This investigation is still in its early stages and staff from the Will County Sheriff’s Office are still on hand to preserve the crime scene and collect evidence,” the sheriff’s office said.
Authorities are asking anyone with relevant information about the shooting to contact Detective Danielle Strohm at 815-727-8574 or [email protected]
The township of Joliet is approximately 45 miles southwest of Chicago.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.