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Man shot in Zion at memorial for quadruple shooting victims

Police investigate a shooting that left four people injured in the 2300 block of Joppa Avenue in Zion on August 30, 2020. | Photo: Asher Heimermann / Incident Response.

A man was shot multiple times on Saturday at a memorial on the same residential block in Zion where a quadruple shooting occurred the previous weekend.

The Zion Police Department and Zion Fire Rescue Department responded around 7 p.m. Saturday to the area of 24th Street and Joppa Avenue for a report of a shooting.

Zion Police Chief Kirk Henderson said that officers located the victim at the intersection and determined he had been shot three times.

The victim had gunshot wounds to his left side, left leg and left arm. He was transported to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan where he underwent surgery.

He is now in stable condition and his injuries are not considered life-threatening. Officers located ten 9mm spent shell casings in the area.

Henderson said that the man had gathered at a residence in the 2300 block of Joppa Avenue for an informal memorial for John L. Grayson, 28, of Zion.

Police investigate a shooting that left four people injured in the 2300 block of Joppa Avenue in Zion on August 30, 2020. | Photo: Asher Heimermann / Incident Response.

Grayson was among four people shot during a drive-by shooting in the 2300 block of Joppa Avenue on August 30.

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Grayson, along with an 8-year-old Zion boy, 28-year-old Zion man, and 35-year-old Zion man, sustained gunshot wounds just after 12:50 a.m. August 30.

Henderson said that a newer model, dark-colored SUV occupied by at least three subjects, drove by and both the front and backseat passengers fired at the adult victims as they were standing outside the residence.

The 8-year old was struck when one of the rounds penetrated the residence and struck him in his bedroom.

Officers located fifteen .223 caliber spent shell casings, six .40 caliber shell casings and six 9mm shell casings. Officers also recovered two loaded 9mm handguns at the scene.

Grayson was pronounced dead later that day at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. The three other victims survived.

Both shootings remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Zion Police Department at 847-872-8000 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662- 2222.


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