KANKAKEE — Kankakee Police Chief Frank Kosman told the Daily Journal on Friday afternoon that there were no new details on the shooting that claimed the life of Terrell Love, of Pembroke Township, on Wednesday.
However, he did say two more reports of shots fired were investigated. The incidents occurred within minutes of one another early Friday morning. The shootings occurred within six blocks of one another.
At 2:27 a.m., a house was hit by gunfire in the 700 block of South Gordon Avenue. An accelerant was tossed and caught the home on fire. There were no injuries, according to Kankakee Fire Department. Shell casings were recovered at the scene.
At 2:31 a.m., there was a report of shots fired in the 400 block of South Lincoln Avenue. A vehicle was struck by car fire. No shell casings were recovered.
Shooting of Terrell Love
According to police, an officer in the 300 block of North Evergreen Street heard shots fired at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Officers found the 27-year-old Love on the ground in that block. He was transported to Amita Health St. Mary’s Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
Love was pronounced dead at the hospital at 6:18 p.m., Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said. The preliminary cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds. A final cause of death awaits toxicology results.
Kosman would not say if the weapon used to kill Love was a semi-automatic or revolver. He said investigators did have some persons of interest as investigators continue to canvass the area and interview people.
Kosman confirmed there was another report of shots fired in the 300 block of North Evergreen at 8:15 p.m. Shell casings from a semi-automatic firearm were recovered.
Another shooting, which occurred Wednesday night in Pembroke Township, left a man in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was transferred to a Chicagoland area hospital.
Kankakee County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ken McCabe said dispatchers received 911 calls about a trailer on fire and shots fired at the same time.
When police and firefighters arrived on scene, they heard a man’s voice calling out that he had been shot and needed help. He was in a nearby wooded area, McCabe said.
A deputy applied pressure to the wound until paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital.
It appears the victim was not the intended target, McCabe said. Investigators learned from people interviewed that the previous resident of the trailer was probably who the suspect or suspects sought when they opened fire.
Kosman said they are checking to see if the Pembroke shooting is related to their case.
Man shot July 16
City police investigators are also looking at a shooting that occurred in the 300 block of North Entrance Avenue near West Locust Street on July 16, in which a man in his late 20s was shot. That shooting could be related to the Love shooting. The victim in the July 16 incident did not cooperate with investigators.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kankakee police (815-933-0426) or Crime Stoppers (815-932-7463). Callers can remain anonymous.