Peoria records 2 homicides on New Years Day

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PEORIA, Ill. –(WMBD) Two people are dead and three people injured after three overnight shootings in Peoria to start the new year.

Peoria Police say the reports of shots fired began coming in about 12:45 a.m. when officers were called to the 3400 block of Oakcrest Drive in the Lexington Hills Apartments. A man was found with a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital with what police describe as serious injuries.

Just over an hour later, officers responded to the 2000 block of Southwest Adams, near the intersection with Cass Street, where they found a man and a woman, both suffering from gunshot wounds. The woman died at the scene, becoming Peoria’s first homicide victim of 2022. Police say the man was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive.

A different man and woman were found with gunshot wounds just before 4 a.m. after police were called to 517 West Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, across the street from the Heartland Apartments. Authorities said the woman later died at the hospital, while the man is expected to survive.

A suspect has been identified in the shootings.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the station at (309) 673-4521 or to call Crimestoppers at (309) 673-9000.

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