Halloween Shooting in Illinois

Illinois Halloween Shooting Claims 2 Lives

The two deceased victims of the shooting.
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The two deceased victims of the shooting. Credit: nydailynews.com

Katherine Conner, Staff Writer/Editor

Two people were killed and more than a dozen additional people were hospitalized after gunfire began at a Halloween party in Illinois, early October 31, police said in a statement. At least a dozen people were shot at the party in Joliet Township, in Will County. The incident took place around 12:30 am at the backyard of a house on Jackson Street, where 200 people had gathered to celebrate Halloween. According to the sheriff’s office, “The shots came from an elevated position on a porch looking down over the crowd.” 

A witness told ABC, “Everyone was there having fun, and all of a sudden, as we’re dancing on the back patio, shots started going off from the porch.” An officer, who was nearby, responded to the shots, and other officers and first responders arrived soon after.The officer saw more than 100 people fleeing the scene.  While responders were assisting victims, there were additional shots heard. The two victims died on scene, according to police. The investigation is ongoing, but police said that witnesses described at least two shooters. There were around 10-12 gunshots fired in the area, as reported by CNN.

Police investigating the scene of the shooting. Credit: thegrio.com

The shooters have not been identified, but a witness described the shooters. They said the first shooter was a Hispanic male, wearing a red hoodie, who fired from the porch. The second shooter was described as a light-skinned man wearing a ski mask and yellow hoodie, according to NBC. Four people were taken to local hospitals, but their current status is unknown. Any other additional details on the case are also unknown.