The Peoria Police made arrests within an hour after of the first homicide of the year. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports marijuana and cash were found at the apartment where the victim was shot.
Illinois ranks number one in the nation per-capita for gang membership with gang members in Peoria outnumber police about two to one. That’s why Illinois Senator Mark Kirk says he worked to get $18.5 million allocated toward suppressing gang activity.
One of the 22 men in Wednesday’s Don’t Shoot call-in meeting is already in jail. 17-year-old Martell Perkins, a self-identified gang member, allegedly fired a gun while riding in a car hours after hearing the anti-violence message.