Two Fatally Shot in Watseka, Man Injured in Daylight Attack


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Original report said witnesses reported a child had been injured in the shooting. Read now: Illlinois State Police identified the surviving victim Friday afternoon as a 21-year-old man.

WATSEKA, IL – Watseka Police were thrust into action Thursday, responding swiftly to a distressing call that led them to the 400 Block of W North St. At 12:13 pm, the serene streets of Watseka turned into a grim scene of chaos, leaving a community in shock.

Amidst the unfolding tragedy, witnesses reported a woman and another individual losing their lives due to the senseless violence, while a previously reported young child was later identified as a 21-year-old man, had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital, fighting for survival. The assailant responsible for this heart-wrenching incident is now in police custody, identified as 44-year-old Scott E. Peterson of Kankakee, but questions remain unanswered.

Details on the injured man’s condition are unknown at this time. 

The investigation into this harrowing event is underway, as law enforcement pieces together the sequence of events that shattered the peace of this small town. 


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