Two people were killed and another was injured in a shooting near an Illinois county courthouse on Thursday, multiple sources confirmed.
Mayor Christopher Curtis of Kankakee, Illinois, a town of 26,000 people 60 miles south of Chicago, confirmed the shooting with the Associated Press and said two suspects had been taken into custody. Curtis did not provide any additional details on the incident.
Assistant Mayor David Guzman said the area had been cleared, and there is no other danger to the public.
Local police recovered “multiple” firearms, including one long gun, at the scene, according to Kankakee Police Chief Robin Passwater, the AP reported.
“There has been a shooting at the Kankakee County Courthouse,” the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post reported by NBC News.
“The scene is secured. More information will be available as it becomes available. We are asking everyone to avoid the area as the investigation continues,” the post said, according to NBC News.
The shooting occurred at about 9:45 a.m. near the courthouse and county jail, Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey told WGN-TV.
Both Curtis and the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation when asked for comments.
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Harry Wilmerding on August 26, 2021