Four-Year-Old Dies from Shots Aimed at Someone Else
Peoria, Illinois – On Monday, a boy, aged 4, suffered from fatal injuries when gunshots went off. The police believe shots were meant for someone else, and that the four-year-old was collateral damage.
Jeremiah Ward, Peorian, succumbed to injuries when someone fired 22 shots in an apartment complex parking lot. Out of those 22 shots, three hit Jeremiah — two in the back and one in the arm. According to the police, the youngster passed away just a few minutes after the ambulance carrying him arrived at the emergency room.
At the time of the incident, the boy was sitting in a car, together with his mother and another male. The male passenger is a 23-year-old man who was also shot, but the injuries inflicted were not fatal ones. His condition is stable, and he’s not in a life-threatening situation. Investigators assigned to the case suspect that the 23-year-old was the intended target of the gunshots.
Peoria police chief, Loren Marion, said that the shooting happened ambush-style. Marion added that the police are aware of a video doing the rounds on social media. On the video, you can see medical staff loading Jeremiah into the ambulance. The police chief is asking anyone with any kind of information to step forward and share what they know with investigators. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers and share their knowledge that way. Without help from the community, the police will struggle to solve the case.
On Tuesday, around 300 people came to the parking lot to pay their respects to Jeremiah. His mother was unable to control her emotions, as she held on to a teddy bear during the remembrance. She described Jeremiah as a loving boy who would always bring a smile to her face.