Joliet, Illinois – The man wanted in connection to the shooting deaths of seven individuals in Joliet has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being located by U.S. Marshals in Texas. The Joliet police chief confirmed the tragic news about the suspect, who was found near Natalia, Texas, and took his own life when confronted by law enforcement.
The incident began when the Will County Sheriff’s Office notified Joliet police about an incident in the 2200 block of West Acres. Officers responded and found seven people shot to death in two residences.
The suspect was also wanted for two separate shootings on Sunday, one of which resulted in the death of a 28-year-old man from Nigeria who had been living in Will County. The shootings appeared to be random, and the victims did not have any apparent connections to each other. Law enforcement had set up surveillance for the suspect after the shootings on Sunday but only located him in Texas, where he died by suicide.
The FBI Fugitive Task Force was called in to assist with the investigation in Joliet, where the seven deceased individuals were found to be related. It is believed that they knew the suspected shooter, but the nature of their connection remains unknown. The victims’ identities had not been released as of Monday night.
The tragic incident has left the community shaken, as law enforcement agencies work to understand the motive behind the shootings and provide support to the affected families. The authorities have expressed the urgent need for anyone with information to come forward and assist in the investigation. Joliet police and the Will County Sheriff’s Office continue to work towards bringing closure and justice to the families of the shooting victims.