Teen fatally shot while riding inside vehicle in Joliet: cops

Victim taken to St. Joe’s hospital in a private vehicle, police say

A male teen was shot while riding as a passenger in a vehicle in Joliet and was later taken a hospital where he died, police said.

At 9:22 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet for a report of a shooting victim who arrived at the emergency room in a private vehicle, Joliet police said in a news release.

Officers determined that an 18-year-old later identified as Jwaun Jones had been shot while riding in a vehicle near Western Avenue and North Bluff Street, police said.

“After the shooting, the driver of the vehicle transported Jones to AMITA Health Joseph Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries,” police said.

At 2:57 a.m. Monday, Jones was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Police said the investigation is active and in its early stages.

Anyone with information related to the incident should contact the Joliet Police Department’s investigation unit at 815-724-3020. Those with information also can contact Will County Crime Stoppers at 800- 323-6734 or online at crimestoppersofwillcounty.org if they wish to remain anonymous.

An autopsy was to be performed Monday.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News