Person in custody after 3 wounded in shooting outside Blue Island Salvation Army

Multiple people from a car fired shots, prompting a guest of a repass service at the Salvation Army to return shots. One person has been arrested, but police are searching for other suspects.

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Three people were wounded in a drive-by shooting Friday outside a Salvation Army in Blue Island.

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One person is in custody after three people were wounded in a drive-by shooting Friday afternoon outside a Salvation Army in Blue Island.

A repass service was being held at the Salvation Army, 2900 W. 127th St. around 3:30 p.m., when someone in a car drove up and multiple people from inside fired shots at the front of the facility, according to a statement from Blue Island police.

A guest of the Salvation Army returned shots, but it wasn’t clear if they hit anyone, according to police.

Two people who were shot were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, and a third wounded person took themselves to a hospital, police said. Their conditions weren’t released.

One shooting suspect was taken into custody, but officers were searching for other suspects, police said.

Salvation Army spokesperson Brian Duewel said Friday’s service was for a woman who was shot and killed earlier this week. He said the organization is “deeply saddened” by the shooting.

“Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this act of violence, especially those injured Friday afternoon,” Duewel said in a statement. “We pray for their full recovery and for the healing of the Blue Island community. We also pray for the Blue Island Police Department as they continue their investigation.”

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