Weekend shootings under investigation in Mounds, Ill.

Arrest warrants have been issued in connection with a series of shootings over the weekend in Mounds.
Published: Mar. 20, 2022 at 7:24 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2022 at 6:28 PM CDT
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MOUNDS, Ill. (KFVS) - Illinois State Police are investigating two shootings in Mounds within 24 hours that left several victims hospitalized.

We talked to Mayor Nathan Johnson on Monday, March 21 and he said authorities have issued warrants and taken some suspects into custody.

Late on Tuesday afternoon, March 22, the Pulaski County state’s attorney told us there is no one in custody and no pending arrest warrants.

The mayor told us on Monday he wanted to let residents know they’re taking the violence seriously.

He said the shooting suspects were young individuals that had a problem due to social media posts.

“They know one another, and when they get on Facebook or one-on-one and get into it, they want to eliminate one another,” Mayor Johnson said. “So we don’t want that in this town.”

He said his plan does not involve sending the suspects to jail. Instead, he wants to get them involved in the community.

“We’re trying to get programs installed here where we can get our young people to get acquainted with one another,” he said. “And used to a new way of life. A new way of doing things here. And get them active and things to do. Help the city, even help us clean up the city.”

According to Illinois State Police Trooper Jayme Bufford, the first shooting occurred on Friday, March 18 at 4:46 p.m.

He said they responded to the 100 block of McKinley Street in Mounds.

A 17-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds and was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Trooper Bufford said the second shooting was at 3 a.m. on Saturday, March 19 in Mounds.

It resulted in a 52-year-old man and a 26-year-old man being sent to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries from gunfire.

Both shootings, including their possible relation to each other, are still under investigation by ISP.

Anyone with information relevant to either shooting is asked to contact the ISP DCI - Zone 7 at 618-542-2171, extension 1207.

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