Peoria's latest shooting victims are 14 and 15 years old

By WEEK Producer

October 18, 2013 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria police suspect gang rivalry could be a motive for Thursday night's shooting at near the intersection of W. Grinnell Street and S. Folkers Street.

Police arrested a suspect Friday afternoon but because he is 16, his name is not being released.

Captain Mike Eddlemon said a group of teenagers was standing on the corner of Grinnell and Folkers when a blue car rolled up. He said a group of men got out. One of them approached a teen and asked if he belonged to a gang. He then pulled out a gun and shot the teen in the shoulder.

Eddlemon said another teen then ran away and was followed by the car. He says different car passenger approached another teenager, asking him if he belonged to the Bomb squad, then shot him in the chest.

"We'll have to speak to this guy and see what he says and give us a reason for what this is about,” Eddlemon said. “Obviously we didn't get to speak at length to the two kids who were shot yesterday because they were shot. We still have a lot of work to do on this.”

The two victims, ages 14 and 15, were taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Police are not releasing their names or conditions since both are juveniles.

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