The Will County Coroner’s Office is reporting the death of Miguel Mendoza a 23-year-old male who was pronounced deceased on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 05:09 PM at Amita St. Joseph Medical Center. Mr. Mendoza was an apparent victim of a gunshot wound that occurred in the 100 block of Baker Avenue in Joliet, Illinois. The Joliet Police Department is investigating the incident. An autopsy was performed today, Thursday, July 20, 2023. The final cause and manner of death will be determined at a later date pending police, autopsy, and toxicology reports.
An investigation is underway after homicide in Joliet on Wednesday afternoon. It was at 4:29 PM that Joliet Police were called to the intersection of Second Avenue and Baker Avenue.
Shortly after arriving, officers located an SUV that appeared to have struck a parked vehicle in the 100 block of Baker Avenue. Inside of the SUV, Officers located an unresponsive 23-year-old male in the driver’s seat who had been shot in the chest and arm.
The victim was transported to Ascension St Joseph Medical Center by the Joliet Fire Department where he was pronounced deceased. While officers were still on the scene, they learned that a 16-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the leg had been transported to the Silver Cross Hospital emergency room by private vehicle.
WJOL has been told that Joliet Police believe the juvenile’s gunshot injury may be related to this shooting; however, this is still under investigation.