KANKAKEE — Kankakee police are investigating an early Monday morning shooting that sent one man to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

According to police, officers responded at 1 a.m. to the 100 block of North Greenwood Avenue to an alert from the city’s ShotSpotter system, which triangulates gun fire throughout the city.

The shooting victim was located inside of a parked car. A preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was in a car with acquaintances when one of the other subjects shot him, police said.

A suspect was located and taken into custody at 10 a.m. Monday and charges are pending, according to police.

It is the fourth shooting in Kankakee since Jan. 16 that has resulted in injuries.

Around 1 a.m. Jan. 20, a man suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound while he was driving east on Oak Street at Washington Avenue. Police believe he was shot by the driver of a passing dark-colored Dodge Durango.

On Jan. 18, a mother and her two children were shot as they exited their vehicle in the 200 block of West Chestnut Street in Kankakee. The mother is 29 years old and her children are 7 and 8 years old.

Fyance D. Dawson, 30, of Kankakee, was arrested on charges related to the shooting.

On Jan. 16, five people were shot inside a home in the 600 block of North Evergreen Avenue. At 2:15 a.m. Saturday, officers were alerted to gunshots fired in the area.

Upon arrival, officers found three people who had been shot. Two others had been transported to local hospitals by other individuals.

The victims were four men between the ages of 25 and 37 and a 26-year-old woman. Three of the victims suffered serious wounds. Two were transferred to hospitals in the Chicago area.

In Dawson’s bond hearing on Wednesday, Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said the Jan. 16 and 18 shootings are related.

Jeff Bonty is a reporter for The Daily Journal. He can be reached at and 815-937-3366.


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