Joliet police: Recent shooting victim was not random
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org November 15, 2012 8:24PM
Updated: December 19, 2012 1:10PM
JOLIET — Police do not believe a 19-year-old man who was shot Wednesday afternoon on North Hickory Street was ambushed.
“There is no random attacker threatening people living in the neighborhood,” Cmdr. Brian Benton said.
The victim was visiting a friend around 1 p.m. in the 200 block when he was shot in the chest. The victim said that after he parked his car, a man dressed in black shot him and fled, Benton said. His friend said he heard the shot, opened the door and the victim collapsed inside the house.
Benton said no neighbors reported hearing the shot, nor did investigators find a shell casing or blood in front of the residence. The leaseholder reportedly gave investigators written consent to search the house where the victim collapsed.
Benton said police found evidence that contradicts the statements from the victim and his friend, but he declined to offer specifics. The shooting still is under investigation.
The victim still was at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center on Thursday night. He was listed in stable condition.