Peoria Bomb Squad

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  A pipe bomb at Pekin City Hall Thursday made a momentary scare and a real-time test of emergency response practices.  

Nice weather sees shooting in Peoria

Mar 14, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The first nice weather Friday since winter came with an afternoon shooting in Peoria. Peoria Police Lieutenant Shawn Wetzel says one victim was shot in the face in front of 105 Arcadia and transported to an area hospital for treatment. He says two houses across the street and three doors down each sustained one gunshot. No one was injured in those incidence. But it drew a lot of attention as kids were getting home from school about the same time. Lt. Wetzel says the investigation is ongoing.

  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.