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4 in custody after mom, teen daughter shot in Romeoville

Updated: February 13, 2014 7:51PM

Four people were taken into custody after a woman and her 15-year-old daughter were shot while sitting in an SUV early Thursday morning outside their southwest suburban home.

The 33-year-old woman and her 15-year-old daughter got into the SUV outside their home in the 300 block of Emery Avenue in Romeoville about 7 a.m. when a gunman walked up and shot the girl in the head, then shot her mother in the neck, Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey said.

The gunman — described as a “short male” — ran away after the shooting, Turvey said.

Both the woman and her daughter were initially taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in serious condition, Turvey said. The teen was later airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Turvey said the woman’s condition is less serious than her daughter’s.

Officers arrived on the scene, secured a perimeter and contacted the local school district, Turvey said. Police initiated a search, including their own K9 unit and a Joliet police bloodhound.

Students were told to stay home and schools were put on a soft lockdown as police searched for the suspect.

During the search of the neighborhood, four people were taken into custody, Turvey said.

The lockdown was over by 10 a.m. and students were being bused back to school, according to a statement on the Valley View School District website.
“By that time we felt that we had the offender, or he had fled the area and was no longer a threat,” Turvey said.

All four “persons of interest” were being questioned as of late Thursday afternoon, Turvey said.

He said the shooting does not appear to be a random act, nor a robbery, and that either the woman or her daughter — or both — were likely targeted.

“We’re still investigating different possibilities,” Turvey said.

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