UPDATE (6:10 p.m.) – The Peoria County Coroner has revealed the identity of the victim of the deadly shooting on Wednesday morning.
According to Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood, 17-year-old Jerry L. Snipes Jr was pronounced dead at OSF at 5:16 a.m.
The autopsy showed Snipes suffered several gunshot wounds and likely died within minutes of the incident.
This incident is still under investigation by the Peoria Police Department.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Robert Allen at (309) 494-8367 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (309) 673-9000.
PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – A man was killed after an early Wednesday morning shooting.
The shooting took place near N. Linn Street and W. Corrington Avenue at approximately 4:41 am. Prior to arriving at the scene, Peoria Police were informed that someone had been shot.
Upon arrival at the scene, police found a man with gunshot wounds. Advanced Medical Transport took the man to a local hospital, where he later died.
A neighbor in the neighborhood said he heard the moment this took place.
“I was in bed, it was very early in the morning and I heard the gunshots and I thought it was on the street and then later I saw the lights flashing. I’ve lived here for over 50 years and we’ve never had anything like this happen before, ”said Peoria resident James Close.
In 2019, there were 25 homicides in Peoria, a number police said had not been seen in decades. Wednesday’s shooting marks the 24th homicide of 2021.
Peoria 4th District City Councilor Andre Allen said the deadly violence was impacting both the families of the victims and those who committed the crime.
“It’s very unfortunate because it continues this cycle of violence, violence often leads to retaliation,” Allen said.
Allen says he remains optimistic about the city’s ability to help reduce violence.
He says one of the efforts is S-Net, a program that allows local organizations and services to work more collaboratively to meet community needs.
“Maybe my department only deals with food insecurity, but if I’m part of the S-Net and I know they might need help with housing, I know who to contact. appropriate transfer, ”Allen said.
Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood is also asking the community to say something, if you see anything.
“They have to come forward or else these crimes go unresolved and there is also no justice and relief for families,” Harwood said.
Allen said some federal COVID-19 relief dollars must be spent on anti-violence initiatives. He said S-Net is working on proposals that could be funded by the US bailout.
Harwood is expected to reveal the identity of the victim at a later date.
Patrol officers, traffic, detectives and the Crime Scene Unit have opened an investigation into the shooting.
So far, no suspect has been taken into custody. An autopsy will be performed on Monday afternoon.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.