Man killed in Streator after cars exchange gunfire Sunday afternoon

Injured man drove vehicle into a house after he was shot, then later died, police chief says

A tow truck removes a vehicle that was involved in a shooting and was crashed into a house at the corner of Elm and Shabbona streets on Sunday, June 4, 2023.

A 33-year-old man died Sunday after he was involved in a shooting in Streator, Streator Police Chief John Franklin said.

Streator police received reports of two cars whose occupants were shooting at each other about 1:22 p.m. in the area of the 400 block of North Everett Street, Franklin said.

Upon arrival, police found a man shot in his left side with bullet holes through his vehicle, Franklin said. The man was taken by Streator ambulance to OSF Center for Health-Streator, where he was pronounced dead. Streator police are not releasing the name of the man at this time.

The man tried to drive from the scene but ended up crashing his car into a house on the southeast corner of Elm and Shabbona streets. The 800 block of Elm Street was closed as police investigated and a tow truck removed the car Sunday evening.

Franklin said Streator police are investigating the shooting. Police are asking for anyone with information regarding this incident, as well as anyone who lives in the area to review any home surveillance systems for information that might aid in the investigation.

A vehicle of interest was described as a silver/grey four door sedan (unknown make/model) that was seen in the area. Anyone with information should contact the Streator Police Department at 815-844-0911.

The incident is considered isolated with no known threat to the public, said Deputy Chief Robert Wood.

Franklin said this is the second homicide of the year in Streator. A 35-year-old woman died May 6 after a shooting that injured three people on the 100 block of West Hickory Street in Streator. Two people, Malcolm J. Whitfield, 29, and Rachael N. Carter, 36, both of Streator, were arrested in Memphis, Tennessee, in connection with the shooting.

The Streator Police Department is being assisted by the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation, La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Streator police investigate the scene of a shooting Sunday, June 4, 2023, near the corner of Elm and Shabbona streets in Streator.
Derek Barichello

Derek Barichello

Derek Barichello is the news editor for The Times in Ottawa and NewsTribune in La Salle, part of Shaw Local News Network, covering La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties. He covers local and breaking news in the areas of government, education, business and crime and courts, among others.