PD: Teens shot at park, suspect in custody

Posted at 4:40 PM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 12:56:08-05

A teen suspect is now in police custody after a shooting that injured two other teens near 91st and Grand avenues Monday afternoon.

Around 8:30 p.m., Air15 captured video of SWAT teams at a mobile home park just blocks away from the shooting scene taking several people out of a home. A 17-year-old male was taken into custody.

Peoria police say the incident was connected to a shooting that took place at Braewood Park around 4 p.m.

Two teens were playing basketball when they were approached by a car with three people inside.

Police say one of the suspects got out of the car and pulled out a gun, demanding money from the two teens.

Moments later, police say the gunman opened fire, hitting one of the teens several times.

Witnesses say that teen was in the process of running away, when the gunman opened fire again, and the victim fell to the ground.

The second teen was also hit by gunfire but managed to run away from the scene to get help.

"First I heard about nine rounds... it's fireworks, usually it's fireworks,” said witness Melvin Holmes.

Holmes called 911, while another neighbor rushed over to help the teen on the ground.

"It was pretty quick, and I doubt he got very much money out of these boys they were just young boys,” said an eyewitness who did not want to be identified.

"[The shooter] seemed pretty calm,” said the witness. “He really looked like he was intent on getting [the victim]."

Witnesses say as soon as the shooting stopped, the suspect got back into the car and got away.

That same witness stayed by the teen boy’s side and kept him calm while police and paramedics headed to the area.

"He was just lying there, asking me 'Am I going to die, am I going to die?’ And I just kept telling him no you're not going to die,” added the witness.

That teen was airlifted to the hospital. Initially, police believed his wounds were life threatening.

However, police say his condition has improved and he is now expected to survive.

The second victim, is also recovering from gunshot wounds.

Peoria police say the teen suspect, believed to have pulled the trigger, is in custody but has not been booked yet.

Authorities have not released the identities of the two teens who were shot.