The quiet Illinois neighborhood of Romeoville is shocked and reeling today after a mother and daughter are shot leaving their home.
At around 7 am Thursday morning, the 33-year-old mother and her 15-year-old daughter were in their SUV and backing out of their driveway in the 300 block of Emery Ave. They were getting ready to leave to take the girl to school, but where shot before they made it onto the street.
“A male subject approached the car and shot the daughter, and then shot the mother,” said Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey in an interview. He said the gunman specifically targeted the women. However, a motive for the incident is not known at this time and investigators are working to find why these two women were involved in the shooting.
Police questioned four persons of interest, who range in age from late teens to early 20s.
“We don’t know that any of these four are the offender, but we’re confident that the offender … either he’s no longer a threat, or he’s no longer in the area,” said Turvey.
The shooting took place about two blocks away from Irene King Elementary School. Officials put that school, as well as others in the area, on “soft lockdown” while police searched for a suspect. Parents were initially told to send their children to school, but were later advised to wait until the lockdown was lifted.
The children who did go to school when the buildings were on lockdown were transported to the Romeoville Recreation Center until the lockdown was lifted, at around 9:30 am.
Shootings are not something that Romeoville sees much of. In fact, Turvey said “one a year” is a lot.
The mother was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital for treatment, while the daughter was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.
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