Twenty people were shot and one is dead after a Juneteenth celebration in Illinois turned violent.
The shooting happened at a strip mall in the city of Willowbrook, which is about 20 miles outside of Chicago.
Deputy Chief Eric Swanson of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office said shortly before 12:30 a.m. Sunday, DuPage police were in the area of Route 83 near Honeysuckle Rose Lane when they heard gun shots. They responded to the scene where a large gathering was happening.
Witnesses told several outlets that the gathering was part of a Juneteenth celebration.
“It was supposed to be like a Juneteenth celebration; we just started hearing shooting, so we dropped down until they stopped. They just kept going. After that, we literally scattered away,” witness Markeshia Avery told .
Victims were transported to multiple hospitals in the area. The ages and conditions of the victims have not yet been released.
Police said a motive for the shooting has not yet been determined.
An investigation remains ongoing