6-year-old boy shot in the arm in Joliet as suspects lead police on chase

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police pursued suspects in a car chase in Joliet on Sunday after a 6-year-old boy was shot in the arm.

Officers responded to the 500 block of Bellarmine Drive West to a report of shots fired around 5:38 p.m. and found the boy who appeared to have suffered a scrape to his right arm, according to a police press release. The boy was transported to the Ascension St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet for treatment.

Officers also found several used shell casings on the street and determined that two unoccupied parked vehicles and three nearby apartments were hit by gunfire.

No other victims were found.

Detectives identified a suspicious vehicle involved in the shooting and later found the vehicle near North Scott Street and Clay Street. While trying to stop the vehicle, the driver fled and police chased it around Larkin Avenue and Interstate 80. The suspicious vehicle headed east on I-80 and eventually ended up on Briggs Street.

The suspected driver later lost control and crashed into a tree. Officers then attempted to provide medical assistance to the suspects.

Police said there were five men in the car at the time of the accident, ages 16 to 18. All five were transported to hospitals in the area. Police said they found a rifle and pistol from the car.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with violent fleeing and dodging.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of ammunition and no FOID.

Darrell Harris, 18, of Joliet, was arrested and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of ammunition and no FOID.

The three detainees were still seriously injured in hospital, police said Monday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Joliet Police Investigation Unit at 815-724-3020. You can also contact Will County Crime Stoppers at 800-323-6734 or online at crimestoppersofwillcounty.org, if they wish to remain anonymous.

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