A Peoria County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a South Peoria man for allegedly shooting another man in the head during a feud between their families last month.
Tyrone T. Hopkins, 32, of 1529 S. Faraday St. faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of possession of a weapon by a felon in connection with the shooting of Lonnie Williams, who died March 30.
Williams, 27, of Peoria was attempting to stop a fight between members of his family and those of Hopkins in the street outside 2113 W. Starr St. when he was shot, allegedly by Hopkins.
A friend of Williams, John Thomas, was shot once in the chest and also suffered a grazing shot to the neck. His injuries were not life-threatening.
Hopkins remains in custody at the Peoria County Jail on $1.5 million bond. He is to be arraigned Thursday before Circuit Judge Michael Brandt.
The Niggers are even opening random fire on cops. Still the city will not acknowledge that we have a black gang problem terrorizing decent folks.
The tire of a Peoria police car was shot early Saturday in South Peoria.
A patrol officer was driving westbound on West Montana Street near its intersection with South Idaho Street about 12:40 a.m. when he heard several gunshots coming from an unknown direction and unknown source, according to police reports.
One tire on the squad car was flat from bullets penetrating it. The officer was not injured. The shooter was never found.
A 19-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning and booked on a charge of attempted murder in a double shooting that occurred late last month.
Darius L. Stewart of 304 E. Republic Ave. is accused of shooting Lamar Howard, 26, and Jay C. Brown, 25, both of Peoria, during an argument just before 11:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the 1300 block of John H. Gwynn Jr. Avenue.
Stewart was arrested about 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the 700 block of East Hightower Street and booked on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon. He was later booked on the attempted murder charge, as well as aggravated battery with a weapon.
He was being held Sunday at the Peoria County Jail.
The two victims were apparently arguing with three men outside a house when Stewart allegedly pulled out a handgun and began shooting at the two men, who ran into the home. Howard was found lying on the kitchen floor suffering from three gunshot wounds to the lower body and Brown made it into a bedroom, where he was found lying between the bed and a dresser suffering from five gunshot wounds, according to reports. They were both treated for the nonlife-threatening injuries at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.