Cops & Courts

KANKAKEE — Kankakee police are investigating "a violent shooting crime that resulted in a youth being shot and fighting for his life," Kankakee Mayor Chris Curtis said in a Facebook post.

The 15-year-old male was shot around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of East Merchant Street. The shooting victim later died at an area hospital on Tuesday, officials said. Police at this point are not identifying the victim.

The offender/offenders fled the area prior to officers arriving on scene, Curtis said.

The city’s ShotSpotter system alerted police to the shooting, Curtis said. The system uses sensors to triangulate the location of shots fired.

Curtis said police are following up on several leads. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 815-933-0426.

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