Police say shooter targeted teen

By WEEK Producer

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- According to police, the drive by shooting of a Peoria High School student Tuesday afternoon, near the intersection of Peoria Street and East Nebraska, was not a random act.

"There is a history between these two individuals, so I do believe there is a motive behind it," said Captain Mike Scally of the peoria Police Department. "Exactly what the motive is, if its gang-related or just a personal issue, I can't identify that yet."

18 year-old Quantrey King has been arrested and charged by police with aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm.

Captain Scally says cooperation from witnesses and from the victim led to the quick apprehension of the suspect only a few hours after the shooting took place.

King was not the driver of the vehicle he was riding in.

"Officers responded to the area where they knew the shooter's family lived and they located the vehicle that was involved," Scally said. "They saw him and also the person who had been driving the car in the car with another person, so the driver of the vehicle has also been located. That person has not been charged."

The shooting happened only a few blocks from Peoria High School in the middle of the afternoon.

According to District 150 spokesperson Chris Coplan, the school district has responded by increasing security at the school in order to "ensure the safety of our students during school hours."

Coplan says the district will work with police as they continue their investigation and take any further safety precautions that are deemed necessary.