Joliet, Crest Hill shooting: Photos show suspects wanted after gunfire erupts in broad daylight

Nobody was injured, but buildings and vehicles were struck during a barrage of gunfire in Chicago's southwest suburbs on Tuesday.

Around 1:09 p.m., Joliet police and Crest Hill police responded to the 600 block of Theodore Street for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived at the scene, they found dozens of spent shell casings on the ground in a parking lot.

Two businesses, Envisions Salon and Ascendant Iron, were struck by the gunfire. Two unoccupied vehicles in the parking lot were also struck by bullets.

Police believe three male suspects became involved in a shootout with individuals across the street in suburban Crest Hill. The three suspects then fled the area in a light-colored sport utility vehicle.

Crest Hill police released the following photos of the suspects and said they were seen running north from Merichka’s, a restaurant in the area, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. They were also seen walking south on Oakland at about 1:05 p.m. to get to Merichka’s.

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While searching the area, Crest Hill officers located a suspect who was hiding in the neighborhood. The suspect is currently being detained for questioning.

Joliet and Crest Hill police also recovered over 40 spent shell casings at the scene.

Police are still searching for a handgun that was used in the shooting and believe one of the suspects dropped it. If you locate the firearm, do not touch it. Call Crest Hill police immediately.

If anyone has video of the incident, you are asked to contact Detective Steen at 815-741-5115.

Anyone with additional information can contact the Joliet Police Department at 815-724-3020. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Will County.