Joliet police seeking public’s help with triple shooting


From Bugle reports

Joliet police continue investigating the deaths of three 22-year-olds found shot to death in a home on Joliet’s far west side Sept. 7.

Social media posts are playing a part into the investigation of the triple homicide in the 2000 block of Great Falls Drive. Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton told WJOL they’re following up on several leads including social media posts that include pictures of various guns.

The victims appeared to have been shot to death sometime overnight, Joliet police Chief Brian Benton said last week. The Will County Coroner’s Office identified the victims on Sept. 8 as Anthony M. McGee, 22, of West Chicago; Gabriella M. Rueda, 22, of West Chicago; and Emmanuel Hernandez-Arroyo, 22, of Plainfield.

“We don’t believe this was a random act,” Benton said, adding police are investigating the deaths as homicides.

All three suffered multiple gunshot wounds according to the coroner’s office. Final cause and manner of death is pending toxicology, police and autopsy reports.

Benton said police were called to the home for a death investigation around 3 p.m. Thursday. He said the caller told police about the bodies in the home.

Benton said several people were at the home Wednesday night for a party. He could not say whether the victims lived in the home, were related or were partygoers. But all three victims were found inside the home in the same room and there were no signs of a break-in, Benton said.

Benton said many of the people at the party left by the early morning hours on Sept. 7.

Benton encourages anyone with information, even if it’s second hand to share it with police or even go through your local pastor. Police are interviewing everyone who attended the party. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Joliet Police Department Investigations Division at 815-724-3020.

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