Charges Filed in Louis Joliet Mall Shooting
Two suspects involved in the August 30 shootout at the local Louis Joliet Mall were taken into custody. One is currently being held in the Will County jail and the other man was taken to a local hospital for gunshot wounds.
The gunfire broke out between 5 and 5:30 p.m. in the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery parking lot (located between Macy’s and JC Penney). ABC7 Chicago stated that, according to authorities, “the incident began as an undercover drug operation led by the DEA.” Witnesses said the shootout was intense, involving 20-30 rounds shot.
The two men, one being 45-year-old Fernando Godinez of Cicero and his brother, 31-year-old Adan Godinez from Morris, were being pursued after undercover agents found them to be in possession of two kilos of cocaine.
Witnesses say the parking lot was full of shoppers as the gunfire broke out and are surprised only vehicles were hit. Driving by, it was easy to see the result of gunfire: flat tires, broken glass and car debris scattered everywhere.
According to ABC7 Chicago, Fernando Godinez has been charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Adan Godinez was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and one count of discharge of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.