Joliet Township shooting leaves two dead, more than Dozen injured

Officials say a suburban Chicago Halloween party turned deadly after two person were shot dead and more than a dozen wounded by gunfire early Sunday.

About 10 to 12 shots were fired at about past 12:30 a.m. in Joliet Township, according to the Will County’s Office.

Stampede followed after the gunfire as people were seeing feeing from the scene located at the back of a home at 1018 E. Jackson Street.

Additional officers arrived and found victims in the backyard and at nearby homes, and more shots were heard nearby, authorities said.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office said more than a dozen people were hospitalized. Two were confirmed dead and four others were seriously hurt as a result of injuries sustained at the party.

Police estimated about 200 people attended a Halloween party at the home and that the shooting occurred outside near a DJ booth set up in the backyard.

Authorities said it appeared the shooting happened from “an elevated position on a porch looking down over the crowd.

Witnesses told police they believed there were two shooters.

“This investigation is in its early stages, and Will County Sheriff’s Office personnel are still on scene preserving the crime scene and collecting evidence,” the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities are asking anyone with relevant information about the shootings to contact Detective Danielle Strohm at 815-727-8574 or dstrohm@willcosheriff.org