PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – One person died and three others hospitalized following at least two shooting scenes Friday night in Peoria, including an exchange of gunfire between suspects and police. One of the victims is a juvenile.
Shortly before 10 p.m., Peoria Police responded to reports of 20 to 40 shots fired near N. Lehman Rd. and W. Kansas St. Upon arrival, a police spokesperson says a white vehicle fled the scene and led police on a high speed chase. The vehicle crashed at the intersection of W. Flint St. and N. Ardell Pl., and two men exited and ran away on foot.
As police chased the suspects, one of the men fired a gun at the officers prompting an exchange in gunfire, according to Peoria Police. The suspect continued to run, but shortly after, officers found him down on N. Kansas, and police say a gun was found near him. Paramedics were called to scene. He was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead.
Peoria Police are still searching for the other suspect. Officers canvassed the surrounding area for several hours Friday and into Saturday morning. Authorities did not provide a description of the person.
Meanwhile, at 10:04 p.m., officers located a male shooting victim in the 1700 block of N. Great Oak Road — around the corner from the initial call on N. Lehman Rd. He, too, was hospitalized but with non-life threatening injuries, according to a police spokesperson.
Multiple casings and guns were recovered indicating multiple shooters. Several vehicles and apartments were struck by gunfire.
Later Friday night, two more people arrived at the hospital with gunshot wounds. They, too, have non-life threatening injuries.
In all, police says three victims are currently hospitalized, including one juvenile, and one suspect died.
Peoria Police spokesperson Amy Dotson says the officers involved in the police-involved shooting have been place on Critical Incident Leave, pending an investigation. The case will now be handled by the Illinois State Police. Any and all evidence including dash cam and body camera footage will be turned over to ISP.
Anyone with information, including residential/business camera coverage that may be relevant,
is urged to contact Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations at (309) 693-5015 or
CrimeStoppers, anonymously, at (309) 673-9000.