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2 Men Shot in Brunswick Zone Attack

Romeoville police say the incident may be gang-related but they do not know if the victims, one from Joliet and the other from Lockport, were targeted.

Two men were shot as they left Brunswick Zone XL in Romeoville Tuesday in an attack that's being investigated as possibly gang-connected, Romeoville Assistant Police Chief Steve Lucchesi said.

The incident occurred at about 12:50 a.m. as the 735 N. Center Blvd. business, which is a combination bowling alley, laser tag, arcade and restaurant, was closing for the night, Lucchesi said.

As many as 30 people were in the parking lot when a dark-colored, 4-door car pulled up and fired shots that struck an 18-year-old man fromJoliet and a 26-year-old man from Lockport before speeding away, he said.

The two victims, whose names were not released, were driven by friends to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. The Joliet victim, shot in the left arm, was treated and released Tuesday. The Lockport victim was hit in the abdomen and listed in good condition Wednesday afternoon, Lucchesi said.

Police have recovered shell casings from the scene but Lucchesi declined to say whether gunfire was exchanged, if all of the shots were fired from the car or if there was more than one gun involved.

It's also not clear whether the victims were targeted or if the shots were aimed at the larger group of which the victims were a part, he said. He would not say whether the victims were cooperating with police.

Given the nature of the drive-by attack, investigators suspect it could be gang-related but there is not enough evidence yet to say so definitively, Lucchesi said.

Anyone who has information about the shooting or suspects is asked to call 815-886-7219.

Editor's note: This article was written by Karen Sorensen. 

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Bob Jamesly January 25, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Ban bowling!!!!!
becremm January 25, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Lol Bob! And ban cars!
Rhonda January 25, 2013 at 05:02 PM
At least the Romeoville police know that it's gang related. What would've happened if this shooting was in Bolingbrook? Ask Mayor C why is it he refuses to participate in the Chicago Crime Commissions Tracking of Gangs program? Since Chicago tore down their large housing projects (a central hq for gangs), the gangs have moved to surrounding communities and set up shop. To combat gang activity, the CCC have partnered with the surrounding suburbs to track every gang member in their community. The "Gang Book" is published every year, which details the gang member names, colors, type of activity, etc. Aurora, Naperville and even ROMEOVILLE participates in this program. According to the Commission, the Village of Bolingbrook has refused to participate. Ask Mayor C if he's willing to start? It's the Village Board that gives the green light to the police department. Also note, the program started in 2005. So Mayor C and the illustrious V-Board have turned down the CCC for 7 years now.
tom January 25, 2013 at 05:32 PM
It looks like Rhonda has changed her name and is going to hide and comment using the name Anonymous from now on. It won't change anything because the history of her posts are still available on the Patch where she revealed her identity months ago. Everything will remain anti-Claar and anti-Valley View School District but yet her children continue to attend Pioneer school even after she moved out of the district. If you don't want people to know you've moved, a lesson to learn is to make sure that you put a forward in at the post office so mail sent to you isn't returned to the sender.
Afriend January 26, 2013 at 02:22 PM
The CCC "gang book" is full of mistakes that have drawn numerous lawsuits. This will tie up municipalites with litigation for years and cost taxpayers thousands of dollars in lawyer fees and settlements. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/07/26/lawsuit-crime-commission-book-mislabels-man-as-gang-leader/

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