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Another person shot, more shots fired reports in Kankakee

September 11, 2018

KANKAKEE — Monday marked the seventh straight day Kankakee police investigated reports of shots fired.

At 6:45 p.m. Monday, two vehicles were hit by gunfire in the 700 block of North Hobbie Avenue, police said. The incident is the latest in a string of shooting reports that have stretched over the last week.

There were three reports taken on Sunday, including one where a man was struck at a home in the 300 block of South Rosewood Avenue.

He became the third person shot in Kankakee in the last week. Similar to the man and woman shot last week, Sunday’s victim sustained a nonlife-threatening injury.

Commander of Investigations of Kankakee Police Dave Skelly said the man told investigators he didn’t know anything.

“We are investigating and reaching out to everyone,” Skelly said.

He said “it is frustrating” investigating the cases with limited information.

Anyone with information can call investigations (815-933-0426) of Crime Stoppers (815-932-7463). Callers can remain anonymous.

Officers were called to the 300 block of South Rosewood at approximately 11:50 p.m. They discovered a home and several vehicles had been hit by gunfire. Multiple shell casings were recovered.

While investigating, officers were called to Presence St. Mary’s Hospital where they were treating a gunshot victim.

At 6:29 p.m., officers responded to shots fired near the 100 block of South Wildwood. Shell casings were found in the road at South Wildwood and East Merchant Street. No damage was found.

That call was preceded by a report of eight to 10 gun shots fired in the 300 block of North Wildwood Avenue at 2:59 p.m.

A subject called 911 about a bullet which had come through her west bedroom window with the home occupied. Officers found two spent .45 caliber casings in the west alley of the home and one bullet fragment lodged in the wall inside the home.

On Saturday, there was a report of shots fired in the area of North Wildwood and East Chestnut Street at 12:57 p.m.

Officers spoke to the victim who said he was driving in the 900 block of East Chestnut and he heard a gunshot that hit and shattered his rear driver’s door window.

The man said he sped up and then heard three more shots. He drove to his home in the 700 block of North Rosewood Avenue. A relative drove him back to the scene.

When he was taken back to his home, an officer saw the damage to the vehicle’s window. Bullet holes were also found in the back trunk area, the rear driver’s passenger door and left rear corner panel. Four shell casings were found in the 900 block of East Chestnut.

Last week, two people were hit by gunfire.

On Sept. 6, a man was shot in his arm as he was driving in the 900 block of East Chestnut. The man would only tell investigators he was shot while driving, Skelly said.

An officer responded to a report of shots fired in the 900 block of East Chestnut at 7:24 p.m., according to a report. The officer then was dispatched to Presence St. Mary’s Hospital where the victim was treated.

On Sept. 5, a woman was shot in her right upper leg as she stood on a rear porch of a home in the 300 block of North Wildwood Avenue. The woman said someone opened fire as they walked by.

She was treated at Riverside Medical Center. Skelly said police believe the victim was an innocent bystander.

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