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Peoria, Illinois, shooting leaves 12 hurt, 2 reported in serious condition

Written by on July 19, 2020

A total of 13 people were shot during an incident early Sunday morning along the waterfront area in Peoria, Illinois, involving multiple shooters, according to officials.

The Peoria Police Department said the incident happened around 4:42 a.m. in the area of Northeast Water Street and Hamilton Boulevard, near the city’s riverfront.

Officials said that a crowd of nearly 200 people were in the area at the time when a large fight broke out.

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“Investigators have determined there were multiple people firing weapons,” police said on Facebook. “This incident occurred as a result of a dispute among groups of people gathered at the riverfront.”

Two victims were located at the scene, an adult male with a gunshot wound to the neck and an adult female with a gunshot wound to the back, according to police.

Police spokeswoman Amy Dotson told WCBU that of those shot, 2 are in serious condition, with both individuals sustaining gunshot wounds to the neck.

A dozen people were shot during an incident early Sunday morning along the waterfront area in Peoria, Illinois, according to officials. 

A dozen people were shot during an incident early Sunday morning along the waterfront area in Peoria, Illinois, according to officials.  (iStock)

Of the 13 adult victims who were shot, police said that six were males and seven were females.

None of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening, police said.

Two of the victims were transported to an area hospital in ambulances, while 11 were taken in private vehicles, according to the Journal Star.

The incident remains under investigation.

The shooting added to an already violent weekend in Peoria, where one person was killed and three others were injured.

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Hours before the riverfront shooting, police said a man was shot in the face just before 9 p.m. on Saturday just south of downtown Peoria.

On Saturday, police said a 40-year-old man was killed when he and another man were shot around 1:30 a.m. southwest of the downtown area.

Three hours later, officials responded to a ShotSpotter alert to find a vehicle that crashed into a home. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot, according to police.

Authorities later found out a man with a gunshot wound was dropped off at an area hospital. He is listed in serious condition.

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Police said they believe that the occupants of two vehicles were shooting at each other when one crashed into a porch. The other vehicle fled.

Anyone with information regarding either of those incidents is asked to contact Peoria Police at (309) 673-4521 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at (309) 673-9000.

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