2 dead, more than 10 injured at a Halloween party in Illinois: Police

Two people died and four were hospitalized for life-threatening injuries after a shot erupted at an Illinois Halloween party early in the morning, police said.

At least a dozen people were shot at a party on Jackson Street in Joliet County, the Will County Illinois County Sheriff’s Office said. The incident happened around 12.39 in the backyard of the house where 200 people gathered to celebrate Halloween.

The deadly shooting, according to police, took place outside the residence, near a DJ booth set up in the backyard.

PHOTO: Two people were killed on Oct. 31, 2021, during a shooting that took place at a Halloween party in a backyard in Joliet Township, Illinois, police said. (ABC Chicago WLS station)

The shots came “from a raised position on the porch facing down above the crowd,” the sheriff’s office said.

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“Everyone was having fun there and all of a sudden, when we were dancing on the back terrace, they started shooting from the porch,” the witness told ABC’s Chicago branch, WLS.

PHOTO: More than a dozen people were shot, two fatally, on Oct. 31, 2021, at a Halloween party in a backyard in Joliet Township, Illinois, police said.  (ABC Chicago WLS station)

PHOTO: More than a dozen people were shot, two fatally, on Oct. 31, 2021, at a Halloween party in a backyard in Joliet Township, Illinois, police said. (ABC Chicago WLS station)

A patrol officer who was nearby responded to the lightning, and other police officers and first responders soon arrived, the sheriff’s office said.

While first responders helped the victims, additional lightning was heard in the area, according to investigators.

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Two of the deceased, who were not immediately identified, died at the scene, police said.

PHOTO: Two people were killed on Oct. 31, 2021, during a shooting that took place at a Halloween party in a backyard in Joliet Township, Illinois, police said.  (ABC Chicago WLS station)

PHOTO: Two people were killed on Oct. 31, 2021, during a shooting that took place at a Halloween party in a backyard in Joliet Township, Illinois, police said. (ABC Chicago WLS station)

An investigation is still ongoing, and police said witnesses described at least two shooters.

PHOTO: More than a dozen people were shot, two fatally, on Oct. 31, 2021, at a Halloween party in a backyard in Joliet Township, Illinois, police said.  (ABC Chicago WLS station)

PHOTO: More than a dozen people were shot, two fatally, on Oct. 31, 2021, at a Halloween party in a backyard in Joliet Township, Illinois, police said. (ABC Chicago WLS station)

Anyone with information, cell phone images, or a video of the party, or any information about the suspect, should contact the Will County Sheriff’s Office at 815-727-8574, extension 4930.

2 dead, more than 10 injured at Halloween party in Illinois courtyard: Police originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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