July 31, 2021

2 teens injured in Plainfield Township shooting

Two teens were injured in a shooting at a Plainfield Township residence that occurred the day after another gun attack at the same home, police said.

On Monday evening, Will County sheriff deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 22000 block of West Taylor Road, sheriff spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.

When the deputies arrived, they discovered an 18-year-old man who suffered a gunshot wound to the right shin and another his inner left thigh, and a 17-year-old who was injured by a bullet that grazed his buttocks, Hoffmeyer said.

Both teens, who are acquaintances, were in the kitchen at the time , she said. The 17-year-old told deputies he heard about 16 shots fired in front of the home but was uncooperative with deputies upon further questioning, she said.

The two teens were hospitalized for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Deputies discovered multiple bullet holes in the exterior of the residence and numerous bullet casings in front of the home, Hoffmeyer said.

Deputies spoke with family members of the victims and learned the shooting may have occurred because of a disrespectful message one of the victims posted on Snapchat, she said.

Two other residents in home were not injured, Hoffmeyer said. The residents said they were packing up their belongings because the home had been shot up the night before, she said.

On Sunday evening, deputies were at the same residence in response to shots fired and saw a glass screen door was shattered, Hoffmeyer said.

The homeowner, who is the mother of the 18-year-old, said she was in the basement and heard about 10 shots, Hoffmeyer said. When she went upstairs, she saw broken glass from the screen door, she said.

Deputies obtained video that showed a vehicle stopped in front of the residence, a male suspect emerged from the vehicle, entered the front area and fired shots into the home, Hoffmeyer said.

The 18-year-old was also in the basement with his mother. The two told deputies they couldn’t think of people who would want to attack them and then became uncooperative, she said.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News