Romeoville shooter helped 2nd suspect evade police: records

A Joliet man charged with firing a gun at a vehicle in Romeoville has also been charged with helping another man involved in the incident evade the law.

On Jan. 5, Romeoville police officers and Will County deputies investigated a shooting at Taylor and Budler roads that resulted in the arrest of Jayln Blackmore, 23, according to Romeoville police.

The shooting involved two vehicles that fled the scene and one of them was a Dodge Charger driven by Blackmore, police said. Bullet damage had also been reported at two addresses on Lehigh Drive in Plainfield Township, police said. Lehigh Drive is near the intersection of Taylor and Budler roads.

Blackmore was charged not only with firing a gun at a vehicle but helping another offender escape arrest by driving him away from the scene of the shooting and dropping him off, court records show.

Romeoville Police Chief Ken Kroll said detectives have secured an arrest warrant for a 20-year-old Joliet male. Kroll said the suspect has not yet been arrested and Romeoville police is working with another law enforcement agency to apprehend him.

About an hour after the shooting, officers found Blackmore driving a Dodge Charger and initiated a traffic stop that led to his arrest, police said.

Blackmore was taken to the Will County jail on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm, concealing or aiding a fugitive and driving while license suspended.

A judge set Blackmore’s bond at $125,000 and ordered him not to possess any firearms or dangerous weapons.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News