Shooting at post-prom party leaves 2 teens hurt
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org May 7, 2013 9:06PM
Updated: June 9, 2013 6:46AM
JOLIET TOWNSHIP — Two teenage girls suffered graze wounds during a shooting early Sunday during a post-prom party at a vacant restaurant, Will County sheriff’s police said.
Police spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said officers were called at 1 a.m. after gunfire was reported at a building, 1509 S. Chicago St., and found “150 to 200 teenage boys and girls leaving the parking lot either on foot or in vehicles.”
Hoffmeyer said friends drove two 16-year-old girls to Saint Joseph Medical Center, each with a graze wound to an arm. The wounds were not considered serious, she said.
“They said they were dancing in a room near a large window when bullets broke the window,” she said, adding that police are continuing to investigate the shooting and who organized the party.
A man told police that he had been hired as a bouncer by the two hosts of the party — one a student at Joliet Central High School and the other from Joliet West High School, Hoffmeyer said.
“They were charging $10 admission. The bouncer said he heard two or three shots coming from the room with the DJ booth before everyone started rushing outside,” she said.
The vacant building was formerly occupied by a restaurant called “Sarah’s Diner.” Sheriff’s police reports did not identify the owner of the building where the party was held.