Area law enforcement officers responded after a series of gunshots were fired into a home along State Highway 10 Wednesday evening.
Sgt. Tommy Moore of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Bronson McNeil, and Cherokee Nation Marshal Preston Oosahwee responded to a call from the Illinois River area just after 11 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers went to a house that had been peppered with bullets. A man there told deputies several people were involved in the shooting, and said he knew the suspects but didn’t want to name them.
While on the scene, McNeil and Oosahwee saw a car drive by at a high rate of speed. The vehicle matched the description of the suspects’ vehicle, so officers tried for some time to catch up to it. They were eventually able to conduct a traffic stop on Steeley Hollow Road, near the Illinois River Volunteer Fire Department. The man driving the vehicle was wearing a camouflage, military-style uniform, according to officers, and denied having any involvement in the shooting.
McNeil spoke to Moore, who was still at the scene of the shooting, to see if the driver of the vehicle might have been involved. But the victim was uncooperative and told Moore he didn’t want to make a report. Deputies released the driver of the car, and returned to their normal patrol.
At about 1:15 a.m. Thursday, officers were called back to the scene of the shooting when the victim decided to make a report.
He said the suspects included a girlfriend and perhaps several of her family members – one of whom had been identified as the driver of the vehicle officers stopped during the initial call.
The victim said his girlfriend knocked on his door and yelled for him to go outside, and when he did, he saw her aunt in the road with a shotgun.
The woman fired the gun, and as he quickly shut the door, the blast struck the door where he’d been standing.
He told officers several shots then rang out and entered the house. He went to his back door and opened it, but a man standing behind his house also had a firearm and began shooting into the house.
Deputies recovered several pieces of evidence, including spent shell casings, and photographed the bullet holes in the house.
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