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Police: Assailants Targeted Apartment in Main Street Shooting

Plainfield officials say incident that left one shot, one beaten was not a random act.

continue to investigate an that sent one man to the hospital with a gunshot wound and left another beaten, and said they believe the three assailants specifically targeted the apartment in the 24000 block of Main Street.

Cmdr. Kevin Greco said it was anything but random when three men entered the apartment around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

“Do we believe it was targeted? Yes,” he said.

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Police are following up on leads and working to determine how the suspects, two of whom were wearing bandanas over their faces and brandishing firearms, got into the apartment.

“There were no signs of forced entry,” Greco said, leading police to believe someone either let the three suspects into the apartment, or the door was left unlocked. “That, we’re still working to determine.”

Police said six people, ranging in age from their late teens to their early 20s, were in the apartment when the suspects entered, demanding drugs and money.

In the scuffle that ensued, one of the residents was punched several times in the face by one of the assailants.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene but declined to go to the hospital.

Another apartment dweller was more seriously hurt when he pursued the three suspects and was shot in the upper chest when he became involved in a struggle with one of them, police said.

The gunshot victim, a 19-year-old male, was taken to a hospital and released the same day, Greco said.

Following the attack, the three men fled the scene in what witnesses described as a red SUV.

Greco stressed that police do not believe the incident is related to the just a day later at , or July’s at .

He said police continue to follow up on leads and are working to sort through the accounts given by the six victims.

“Obviously, we don’t take this lightly,” Greco said.

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Hugo August 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Not random? I think that's code for "they sold dope and got robbed" just like every other "home invasion" in plainfield.
Voice of Reason August 16, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Did the police happen to say if they found drugs in the apartment? If so, were any arrests made?
Hugo August 16, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I'm sure there were and there will be, I betcha.
Larry August 16, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I agree with HUGO, you have to understand the police are not going to release every little detail of the case to the public, there is always more to the story. Which I agree with that publishing everything about the case, sometimes it hurts the police's case to provide more than they need to.
Tim August 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
“Obviously, we don’t take this lightly,” Greco said. Right, that's why there was absolutely ZERO police presence in the area barely 24 hours later, and a store just YARDS away was robbed at gunpoint. Not only that, but there were apparently zero officers anywhere between the near-north side of town, and Joliet, 6.5 miles away, where these guys were finally caught by a department that was actually doing patrols. And Larry, arrest records are public. You can get them anytime you want by requesting them if you are so inclined. If it is a minor involved, names will be redacted, but any charges certainly will not be.
Larry August 16, 2012 at 07:14 PM
How do you know there was no police presence after the incident on main street? Because the armed robbery at 7"11 took approx 5-6min to commit. Your statement does not make any sense and you don't have any credible knowledge of that. The departments that caught the offenders were only notified of the incident trough utilizing the ISPERN radio according to the previous press release. They had the address of the offenders and were waiting for them to return. So what's your definition of "actually doing patrols" im sure if there were arrests from the search of the house on main street we will notified of it when the time is right.
Hugo August 16, 2012 at 07:46 PM
If it wasn't random why would there be a presence? Oh, the indignant outrage! Tim, you should write a "blog" or something.
tommy August 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM
just as there was break ins in the marybrook sub division 2 days before. 3 suspects in a dark suv broke into 3 houses @ 2am. one homeowner caught them trying to rip his tv off the wall. maybe plainfield needsto hire real cops not 18 year old kids
Tom H August 21, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Yeah, because the Marybrook neighborhood is the only neighborhood getting burglaries.....come on, it's 1 neighborhood with 6 streets in it. You prolly forget about the other 41,100 residents in the village.
Hugo August 22, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Funny....the Marybrook "burglaries" weren't reported in the patch. That's kind of a big crime to leave unreported. Or maybe they never called the police at all because the residents knew the offenders. Or maybe someone is just lying. And being that I haven't heard about any new cops being hired in YEARS, the youngest cop wouldn't be a day younger than 28, I bet.

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