Update: Peoria police identify suspect in deadly Thanksgiving shooting

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — UPDATE: The Peoria Police Department is asking for the public’s help finding a suspect in a deadly Thanksgiving morning shooting.

Police are now looking for 24-year-old Martarius McGee. He is described as a black man, approximately 6’01” tall, 140 pounds, long black hair with blonde tips, and brown eyes. McGee is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

If you have any information on this case, or any other investigation, call the Peoria Police Department at (309) 673-4521, or Crime Stoppers at (309) 673-9000.


Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood has identified Peoria’s 33rd homicide victim of the year.

According to a press release, 18-year-old Matthew C. Smith was pronounced dead at 11:39 a.m. Thursday in the trauma room at OSF.

Peoria police responded to a shot spotter that identified five rounds near Thrush and Peoria Avenue at 11:06 a.m. Police received several calls stating that a male victim had been shot.

When officers arrived on the scene, they learned that Smith had been transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria by private vehicle.

Smith’s autopsy is in progress.

This case is being investigated as a homicide by the Peoria Criminal Investigation Division.

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