A witness at a building near the Courthouse Square in Kankakee captured photos of a person with a gun at the scene of Thursday morning's double homicide. The images were provided to the Journal Thursday afternoon.
The shooting incident started around 9:45 a.m., according to police. The photos were taken around 10 a.m., the witness said.
After “piecing together" the morning's events, city and county officials announced Thursday evening that the incident was the result of a gang's internal fighting, according to the police investigation.
Kankakee Police Chief Robin Passwater identified the two men killed as Victor Andrade, 26, Kankakee, and Antonio Hernandez, 24, of Waukegan.
The third gunshot victim is a 28-year-old man whose identity has not yet been released. He is being treated at a Kankakee hospital.
Kankakee police have arrested Miguel A. Andrade, 23, Kankakee. He is the cousin of Victor Andrade.
Kankakee County Sheriff’s online inmate records listed the preliminary charges for Miguel Andrade as murder and possession of a stolen firearm.
Passwater said Victor Andrade, Miguel Andrade and the 28-year-old gunshot victim left the courthouse, where they were to attend a court date for Victor Andrade, at around 9:45 a.m.
Armed with multiple weapons, Hernandez approached the three men as they were walking to a parking lot south of the courthouse and began shooting, he said. Hernandez fatally shot Victor Andrade on East Merchant Street and wounded the 28-year-old male on the sidewalk, Passwater said.
Miguel Andrade ran to their vehicle and retrieved a weapon, Passwater said. He pursued Hernandez in a running gun battle on the lawn and parking lot just south of the courthouse near the old county jail.
Miguel Andrade shot Hernandez, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Passwater said.
A Momence police officer, who was at the courthouse Thursday morning on an unrelated matter, confronted Miguel Andrade and took him into custody, according to Passwater. He had an assault weapon when he was taken into custody, he said.
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