Four-year-old boy shot three times, Peoria officials looking for justice –

Four-year-old boy shot three times, Peoria officials looking for justice -

Tears, worries as Peoria seeks answers after 4-year-olds slaying

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – Authorities in Peoria say a 4-year-old boy was killed and a 23-year-old man was injured in a shooting.

Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III said a car carrying four people, including Jeremiah Ward, 4, pulled up in at the Lincoln Terrace Apartments, 2825 W. Ann St., around 5:45 p.m. Someone began to fire on the vehicle moments later in what Marion said was a targeted shooting aimed at the driver of the vehicle, a 23-year-old man.

Authorities say 4-year-old dies after being shot in Peoria

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says Jeremiah L. Ward died about 6:30 p.m. Monday while being treated in an emergency room. Harwood says an autopsy was planned Tuesday.

It is unclear if a shots fired incident in the 1900 block of N. Missouri about an hour later was connected to the shooting on W. Ann. Marion said four houses were struck by gunfire, and a rifle was found in a nearby alley on N. California, but no victims were found on scene.

Four-year-old boy shot 3 times in South Peoria crossfire

Peoria police spokeswoman Amy Dotson says the mans injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports a gunfire detection system indicated 22 rounds were fired. Police found the two victims in an apartment complex parking lot where a four-door blue sedan had bullet holes.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Ward was shot twice in the back and once in the arm. He died of massive internal bleeding at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center a short time later, Harwood said. Harwood said he believes the shots were fired from a distance.

The boys death is the tenth homicide so far this year in Peoria. He is one of four people shot in Peoria over the past week.

The 23-year-old driver of the vehicle was known to police, Marion said. He was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital. The child’s mother was also in the vehicle. Another passenger in the vehicle fled the scene and is wanted for questioning, Marion said.

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