Joliet

No injuries, multiple suspects remain at large after shots fired near Crest Hill restaurant, leading nearby school to go on lockdown

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Police in suburban Crest Hill and Joliet are investigating a shooting that caused a brief lockdown at a nearby school, as initial reports suggested that suspects involved were at-large.

According to authorities, a shooting occurred at around 1:10 p.m. in the 600 block of Theodore Street on the border of Crest Hill and Joliet.

In a Facebook post, police said that initial reports stated that suspects left the scene on foot.

A later update stated that police determined there were no gunshot victims upon arrival at the scene, and were able to locate and detain a suspect hiding in the nearby residential area shortly thereafter.

Joliet police said that two businesses, Envisions Salon and Ascendant Iron, along with two unoccupied parked vehicles, were struck by gunfire in the incident.

Police believe that three male suspects became engaged with "unknown gunmen" across the street in the 600 block of Theodore Street when gunfire erupted, and later escaped the scene in a light-colored SUV.

It is unknown if the person Crest Hill police said was detained was among the three suspects described by Joliet police or one of the "unknown gunmen" that engaged wit the suspects.

According to authorities, over 40 shell casings were recovered at the scene.

Officials said officers are still looking for the weapon involved, and it's currently unknown if any more suspects are at large.

Police said that Chaney Monge School, located just a few blocks northwest of the site of the shooting, was notified and initiated a "soft lockdown" as a precaution while police investigated.

An update from Chaney Monge School said that the soft lockdown ended at 3 p.m., with normal dismissal resuming.

A Facebook post from Merichka's, a restaurant located in the 600 block of Theodore Street, announced that the eatery would be closed for the rest of the night due to the nearby shooting.

The post said that no employees or customers were hit by gunfire in the incident.

There is currently no further information available.

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