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Four Questioned in Shooting of Mother, Daughter [UPDATE]

Although four "persons of interest" were taken into custody, no charges have been filed.

Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey talks to reporters Thursday morning on Emery Avenue. Credit: Shannon Antinori
Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey talks to reporters Thursday morning on Emery Avenue. Credit: Shannon Antinori

Update at 4 p.m. Feb. 13:

Romeoville, Ill. – Police are questioning four people in connection with the shooting of a mother and her teenage daughter in the 300 block of Emery Avenue early Thursday, but no charges have been filed.

Police said the 15-year-old girl and her mother, 33, had just left their home and were sitting in a vehicle in their driveway when a suspect walked up to the vehicle and opened fire. According to police, the girl was shot in the head and the mother in the neck.

The suspect, described only as a "short male," fled on foot after the shooting, heading west on 135th Street, police said.

Village Manager Steve Gulden said both victims were initially taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and the girl was later airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. The mother was also eventually transported to Loyola, police said.

Gulden said officials do not have any information the victims' conditions.

"The hospital isn't releasing that information," he said.

Police said the four "persons of interest" were located during a search of the neighborhood conducted by Romeoville police with the help of the Will County Sheriff’s Department, the Crest Hill Police Department and the Joliet Police Department.

Gulden said all four persons of interest are male, but could not say whether any of them is believed to be the suspected shooter.

"That is ongoing," Gulden said of the investigation.

Gulden said it investigators do not believe the shooting was a random incident.

"Police believe it is not random, that the victims did know the individual that fired the weapon," Gulden said.

The shooting remains under investigation, police said.

Anyone with information in reference to these incidents is asked to contact the Romeoville Police Department at 815-886-7219. Citizens may also provide information using the anonymous tip line at 815-328-5205.

Original story:
Police were searching for a suspect who shot a mother and daughter in the 300 block of Emery Avenue in Romeoville Thursday morning.

Read: 'Soft Lockdown' at Romeoville Schools Due to Police Incident

Chief Mark Turvey said the victims were sitting in a vehicle when the shooting happened around 7 a.m., and the suspect, described as a "short male," fled on foot.

"They both were transported to the hospital," Turvey said, but did not give details on the victims' condition. "As far as I know, they are both still alive."

He did not know the daughter's age, but said he believed she is in her teens or early 20s.

"Currently, we are searching the neighborhood for this individual," Turvey said. 

"We don't know what his name is, we have some other leads we are working on," he said. Turvey said he did not know the relationship between the victims and the shooter.

"We really don't know the motive at this point," Turvey said. He could not say if there were previous incidents or reports of domestic violence at the victims' Emery Avenue home.

Turvey said another man taken into custody Thursday morning is not believed to be involved in the case. 

"We saw a man that was fleeing the area," Turvey said. "It turned out he had a warrant, but he was not connected to the shooting." The man saw cops in the area, got scared and fled, according to Turvey.

Police said K-9 units were being used to track the suspect, and helicopters could also been seen hovering in the area Thursday morning.

Romeoville schools were placed on soft lockdown as a precaution, although Turvey said there was no reason to believe there was any connection between the shooter and the schools. The lockdown ended shortly before 10 a.m., according to Valley View School District.

According to a release from the Village of Romeoville, local police and the Will-Grundy County Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the shooting.

Peter Johnson February 13, 2014 at 06:29 PM
I live on Hickory ave two streets over from the shooting, and I watched a police K-9 track through yards to a short young suspect hiding under a car. He was taken in handcuffs at 10am, immediately after my street was closed to traffic. I have pictures and videos of this happening.
Angel Tunechi Gonzalez February 13, 2014 at 07:10 PM
What I don't understand is how did this criminal piece of trash get away ON FOOT????? And this shooting happen at what 7 an lock down was over at 10 doesn't make sense to me I have a child so a very worried parent I think we all are worried...
Mr. Funtyms February 13, 2014 at 07:27 PM
It would be nice if the Police could let the public know how safe it is to leave your house or should we still need to be concerned. .
Michael Rowland February 13, 2014 at 07:45 PM
It's nice to see a lot of people turning a family's tragedy into their own soapbox to blast others. First, you are not owed answers, especially sensitive information. I guess it doesn't occur to some if the lockdown is called off that police very likely have information to believe the suspect has fled the area. INK is one block from Emery, whoever did this is not going to stay around. Before anyone pops off at the mouth, I have two girls that go to that school so I have an interest in all this. People need to take a step back and start thinking with a level head. You're basing your opinions on a minimal amount of information and saying horrible things about others. It's not right. Put your wicked tongues back in your mouths.
hamburglar88 February 13, 2014 at 07:57 PM
The major news is wrong. I was there this morning. I'm with a neighboring dept. Things are being handled well. Unless you do our job, you might as well talk about doing brain surgery. You're all clueless and ignorant.
Amanda Szot February 13, 2014 at 08:16 PM
hello people it's says leave your comments does it not jeez its freedom of speech.everyone has their own opinions let em comment and be quite where all worried and nervous this happens all over doesn't matter where you are or where you live.
michael j herman February 13, 2014 at 08:20 PM
I was actually impressed with all police involved, cant imagine what the family is going through, I hope everyone recovers, save your bad comments for a new thread.
Terrie February 13, 2014 at 08:23 PM
This is a terrible situation. Praying for the victims and god speed removing this person off our streets.
paris brenn February 13, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Who walks up to a car, w/ a mom and daughter sitting in it-- and shoots them both, one in the head the other in the neck? Some one who's taking drugs, or someone mentally ill. Maybe both. It all looks intentional. This upsets ALL of us human beings. Do I think the schools should be guarded until the suspect is found? yes, I do. Little kids are helpless. Others, just lock your own doors or load your own weapons. I'm sure the B'brook PD are doing all they can, but sometimes it can take a while. In the meantime, say a prayer for this mother and daughter. Ask that God may spare their lives, and the quality of it. This poor, unfortunate, sad familly..
Cutie64840 February 13, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Schools decided to go on lockdown don't get upset over it if you are that worried don't send your kid to school don't leave your house that simple
Michael Rowland February 13, 2014 at 08:48 PM
@Amanda Spot I never said people couldn't leave their comments, but the vitriol some people were spewing was beyond shameful. The social media age has convinced everyone that they have to share their opinion no matter who they offend, instead of realizing most opinions should be kept private and most of what the "crowd" thinks is not important at all. For everyone criticizing the school lockdown for being lifted: how long were you wanting it to go on for? This was, by all information we have, premeditated by someone who knew these people, not a random act that could spill over to the school.
Richard Love February 13, 2014 at 09:16 PM
It is a shame it has happened here. This is not normal and is not typical of our village. When the details come out everyone blasting the RPD will seem foolish. This tragedy will effect our high school, middle school, and neighborhood. Everyone can be a critic but who here is willing to step up and help our neighbor? See all of you "concerned" citizens at the next board meeting. February 19th at 6pm. My thoughts and prayers were with the family today and finding ways to help in the future. Once they pull through we are talking about major financial difficulties for the family. Romeoville is safe and we have great police protection. They protect us from everything.
Cutie64840 February 13, 2014 at 09:22 PM
@savanaandjimmy there are crimes that don't ever get solved all the time that's life! Just like in tinly when a guy walked into a store and shot six women and they never found him. And also do you understand how hard it is to get a job as a cop all the tests you have to pass physical and phsyco logical. Take a step back and realize these men and women are human not super Heroes. Stop living in a fantasy land. We could be in the middle of the ghetto and I bet then you would never ever complain again
Lauren Bird February 13, 2014 at 09:29 PM
My prayers go out to the victims and their family. I also believe that we should have more faith in our police department. They may have made some mistakes at times, we are all human, we all make mistakes; but this is a serious issue and I believe that they will do everything they can to catch this guy. Officers have to deal with a lot and aren't credited for what they do right, just criticized for what they do wrong.
Amanda Szot February 13, 2014 at 09:30 PM
the mother n teenager will be in my prayers
Savannahandjimmy Denvir February 13, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Some of you people blow my mind... That's romeoville for you I guess pathetic that people can't handle others comments concerns ect....
Savannahandjimmy Denvir February 13, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Point is it's tragic and steps need to be taken in our community to prevent this crap from happening again . Which means more citizens involved and police that actually do their job end of story !
Alvin Leonard February 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM
I'm not sure where all the malice for the RPD comes from. I have lived in romeoville for ten years and never been a victim of a crime. It seems like every time I am in my front yard for an hour or so I see a police car drive by and the officer waves. I'm not sure what else you want from a small town police department. I do feel bad for the victims, but it seems clear they were targeted by someone they knew. My guess is it will come out that the daughter was involved in something she shouldn't be. None the less, still a tragedy. The police apprehended four people. One is probably the shooter. My guess is they are waiting on one of the victims to recover enough to id him before they press charges. I do have two young kids in school. All the phone calls were a little scary. The communication was a little clunky, but I guess more communication is better than none. My kids were already at school and were taken to the gym. They did not know why and were never scared. I wish this never happened but I am not sure if the school or police could have done anything differently.
Melissa Sanchez Bryand February 13, 2014 at 10:33 PM
@ True News USA, that is a real ignorant thing to say! There may very well be drugs involved, doesn't mean these four people couldn't be white, black, or purple! It's people like you and a few others that are commenting about the RPD that should consider moving out of Romeoville since it's SO horrible here. It's really sad that at a time when residents should be coming together it seems people want to focus on the things that are not important. Complaining about what the RPD did or didn't do isn't going to help this 15 year old fight for her life. Wake up people, their is a mother and daughter fighting to stay alive. @ Richard Love you are absolutely correct, show your face at these meeting, let's find out what we can do to help this family! My prayers are with them on day they will never forget.
Cutie64840 February 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM
Hahha I can take your comments I can't take the fact that you have no idea what you are talking about. Sounds like a lot of you including savannaandjimmy need to out your houses up for sale and move somewhere "safer" since this is just the worst place to live. What a joke! Walk a mile in a cops shoes and let me know at the end of it your new views on how you feel about the police department.
Bob H February 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM
More gang BS
Tina Falbo February 13, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Unbelievable! Most of what I am reading is missing what is important here, and that is the lives of two women hanging in the balance. Instead of casting judgment on the police or speculating about a situation of which you have no first hand knowledge; use your energy to pray for those whose lives are effected by this tragedy. Because trust me when I say, neither the women or their families lives will EVER be the same. My thoughts and prayers go out to the mother and daughter and their family. I know what the family is going through, as mine went through the same thing 2 years ago. I wish I could reach out to you personally.
Reece Why February 14, 2014 at 12:53 AM
"Unless you do our job, you might as well talk about doing brain surgery. You're all clueless and ignorant." That about size things up for a community who's kids chop other kids up for fun; sthfu!
Gail Neuman February 14, 2014 at 01:34 AM
Wonder if the husband ordered a hit
nascarblue February 14, 2014 at 03:59 AM
the police are not going to release info on this shooting, my Prayers go out to the family, I hope I am not Praying for a family member that was involved in some way, this does sound personal, anyone that can shoot a mom and daughter has ice running through their veins and need to be taken off the street, hopefully someone will come forward and throw that old saying of "I do not want to be a snitch" you don't have to "snitch" just be a human being and if you saw anything let the police know, I Pray they both survive
Shannon Antinori (Editor) February 14, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Hi, everyone. While I don't have "official" confirmation that the suspect is in custody, I do expect to get an announcement regarding an arrest/charges sometime today. I'll post an update as soon as I do.
Hugo February 14, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Go to Romeoville PD during business hours and FOIA all the incidents at that house. That will open your eyes. :o0
Shannon Antinori (Editor) February 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Here's an update: http://romeoville.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/suspect-in-custody-in-romeoville-shooting-police
Mike February 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Chicago. Home of gangs, mafia and yes, Obama. Need I say more?
Patricia February 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM
It happens everywhere mike...

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