UPDATED: One Dead, Two Injured in Kraker Avenue Shooting

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Will County Coroner Laurie H. Summers reported the death of Fernando J. Contreras, a 23-year-old Joliet man who was pronounced deceased at 4:55 a.m. on Sunday June 2nd, 2024, in the 400 block of Kraker Ave in Joliet, the result of an apparent homicide. The Joliet Police Department is investigating the incident. An autopsy was performed on Sunday June 2nd, 2024. Final cause and manner will be determined following Autopsy, Police and Toxicological reports.

On June 1, 2024, at 11:07 p.m., Officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Krakar Avenue for a report of a person that had been shot.

Upon arrival, Officers located an unresponsive 23-year-old male in the living room of the residence with a fatal gunshot wound to the head and a 27-year-old male with a non-life-threatening graze gunshot wound to the head.

While Officers were securing the scene, it was learned that a 20- year-old male had also sustained four gunshot wounds to the body and was transported to Silver Cross Hospital via private vehicle and is currently in stable condition at the hospital.

The 27-year-old male victim was transported to Silver Cross Hospital by the Joliet Fire Department where he was treated and released. The 23-year-old male shooting victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Detectives and Evidence Technicians responded to the scene and a thorough canvas of the area was completed. Following a preliminary investigation into this shooting, it is believed that the gunfire originated from outside in front of the residence. The gunfire entered the home and struck the three victims who were in a front living room.

Officers located over 25 spent shell casings from the scene.

This shooting appears isolated in nature and there is no known threat to the extended community at this time. A motive for this shooting as well as identification of a suspect or suspects remains under active investigation by the Joliet Police Department Investigations Division. Identification of the deceased victim and manner of death will be determined by the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with video footage or has information related to this shooting, they are encouraged to contact the Joliet Police Department Investigation Division at 815-724-3020.

Citizens may als contact Will County Crime Stoppers at 800-323-6734 or online at https://crimestoppersofwillcounty.org/ if they wish to remain anonymous.


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