In a Romeoville shooting on Thursday, a mother and her daughter were shot in their car. The shooter fled from the scene after the incident, which took place at around 7 a.m. in the 300 block of Emery Avenue where the victims lived.
By 9:30 a.m the Romeoville police were still combing the area in search of the suspect. Meanwhile the injured mother and daughter, who have not been identified, were taken to the nearby Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.
Chief Mark Turvey of the Romeoville police said about the shooting: “The mother and daughter were sitting in their car when a man came up and shot them and fled on foot.”
As the Romeoville shooter was still at large, the local Joliet Junior College was put on strict lockdown as a precautionary measure. The police did make one arrest of a man who fled from them when questioned, but he turned out not to be connected to the shooting.
Chief Turvey said about that arrest: “He had an outstanding warrant and thought they were looking for him.”
The Irene King Elementary School and the Romeoville High School were also put on “soft lockdown” as a precautionary measure, until further notice.
The situation following the Romeoville shooting was deemed to be so serious by the Valley View School District that they issued a warning on their Facebook page telling students who had not yet left for school to remain at home.
Police Chief Mark Turvey said that they haven’t yet established any motive for the Romeoville shooting of the 33-year-old mother and her 15-year-old daughter who were getting ready to go to school. The investigation continues.