A woman in her early twenties is dead and her 4-year-old daughter is injured following a late night shooting in Joliet Sunday night.
At about 10:35 p.m., the Joliet Police Department responded to a call of shots fired near the intersection of Richards and Washington Streets on the east side of Joliet. Deputy Chief Al Roechner told the Herald-News that when police arrived on the scene, a 21-year-old man covered in blood approached the police cruisers and reported his sister had been shot.
After the shots rang out, the vehicle veered off the road and hit the wall of the railroad bridge where it came to a rest. The female driver got out of the vehicle and collapsed on the ground. Bullets hit the woman in her head, her 21-year old brother near his elbow and a third bullet grazed the left knee of the woman’s 4-year-old daughter. The woman’s 3-month-old daughter who was also in the vehicle, was not injured. All passengers were transported to the Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. The driver was pronounced dead at 11:08 p.m. and the Will County Coroner identified her as Dinesty Tillman.
Tillman’s brother, who was sitting in the passenger seat, told police he does not know where the shots came from.
Aquita Tillman is confused as to why anyone would target her family. She told WLS “I Feel numb, right now it feels like this is so unreal it feels like this can’t be happening.”
The Joliet Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident and does not have anyone in custody. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the police department at (815) 724-3020.