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KANKAKEE — A 16-year-old male juvenile accused of shooting another juvenile on Sunday is being charged as an adult in Kankakee County.

The teen was charged with felony aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm. A judge set his bond at $200,000.

In 2014 Illinois raised the age for juvenile jurisdiction for most felonies to 17. However, violent offenses such as murder, sexual offenses and aggravated discharge of a firearm can result in an automatic transfer from juvenile to adult court for a defendant 16 or older.

The victim was shot in the lower body and was transferred to a hospital in Cook County.

According to a Kankakee County assistant state’s attorney, the victim was shot as he ran from the defendant during a transaction for cannabis.

According to police, officers responded at 7:30 p.m. to a report of a gunshot victim in the area of the 500 block of South Rosewood Avenue. They located the victim with a gunshot wound in a nearby alley.

At about 8:30 p.m., officers located the suspected shooter in the 600 block of South Evergreen Avenue. After a foot chase, he was taken into custody.

With the help of an Illinois State Police K-9 unit, the suspect’s path was checked and a handgun was recovered, according to police.


Jeff Bonty has worked for The Daily Journal since September 1986, starting in the sports department before moving to news reporting in 2002. He's a native of Indiana and graduate of Purdue University. His email is jbonty@daily-journal.com.