Romeoville Shooting: Mom, Teen Daughter on Way to School in Illinois

Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 05:23 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A shooting in Romeoville, Ill., seriously wounded a woman and her 15-year-old daughter as they got in their car to head for school Thursday morning.

Police said four people of interest were taken into custody to be questioned about the shooting, The Chicago Tribune reported.

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The mother, 33, and her teenage daughter were in the car in their driveway when someone walked up to the car and fired several shots, hitting each of them in the head, the Tribune said. They were taken to an area hospital, but the daughter was later airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center.

“We don’t know the motive at this point, but it does not appear to be a robbery. It appears they were targeted, at least one (of the victims) or both,” Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey told the Tribune.

Area schools were placed on a “soft lockdown” right after the shooting occurred as police used dogs and followed tips to track down suspects. Parents who had not yet taken their children to school were told to keep them at home. The lockdown was lifted after 9 a.m.

Police are not saying whether one of the four being questioned may be the shooter.

Romeoville Village Manager Steve Gulden told the Romeoville Patch that investigators don’t believe the shooting was random.

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

Several news articles mentioned that Romeoville is a quiet suburb and such shootings are rare.

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