Lockport resident identified as Thursday shooting victim

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A 52-year-old Lockport man has died and a 55-year-old man is in critical condition after an apparent ambush shooting Thursday in Lockport Township.

The Will County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased victim Saturday as Lockport resident James Berry. While details of Berry’s autopsy and toxicology reports have not yet been released, the coroner’s office said the cause of death was “an apparent homicide.”

About 7 p.m. Thursday, deputies with Will County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 200 block of Riverview Avenue in Lockport Township for the shooting of two men.

Detectives were told the two men went to the residence after returning from a local grocery store, according to the sheriff’s office. As they approached the front of the residence, an “unknown person” fired shots at them.

Deputies found the 55-year-old man lying near the front door of a residence with a gunshot wound, according to the sheriff’s office.

Berry was found lying on the ground near the other victim.

Both men were taken to the hospital. Berry died at the hospital, while the 55-year-old man has undergone surgery and is listed in critical condition.