Police: Joliet man shot at gang members while seated next to infant
BY BRIAN STANLEY email@example.com May 8, 2013 1:46PM
Updated: June 10, 2013 2:06PM
JOLIET — An 18-year-old Joliet man shot at rival gang members Sunday while he was sitting next to a 1-year-old child, police said.
Eric J. Carpenter, of 503 E. Bellarmine Drive, was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, armed robbery, unlawful restraint and aggravated assault and was being held in the Will County jail on $150,000 bail.
Shortly before 12:11 p.m. Sunday, two friends went to West Park to smoke marijuana and met Carpenter, who is a mutual friend, Joliet police Cmdr. Al Roechner said.
“After smoking weed, they decided to leave and got into a white Pontiac Grand Am driven by one of the men,” Roechner said. The driver’s girlfriend and her 1-year-old son were also in the vehicle, and Carpenter sat in the back seat on the driver’s side next to the child’s car seat.
“As the Grand Am was heading south on Center Street in front of the Patrick Haley Mansion, Carpenter saw three men on the sidewalk, stuck his arm out the window and yelled out, ‘Vice Lord Nation,’ ” Roechner said.
Carpenter then allegedly fired the pistol he was holding two or three times as his targets ran for cover, and fired another volley as the Grand Am sped away.
The driver told police Carpenter then held the gun to the driver’s head, told him to “shut up” and demanded the bag of marijuana from him, Roechner said. The man drove to Ruby and Hickory streets, where Carpenter and the other man fled.
The Grand Am driver called police, who found Carpenter at his apartment a short time later, Roechner said.
Roechner said the men Carpenter allegedly fired at did not contact police and no one sought treatment for a gunshot wound at any local hospital.