MENDOTA — Police are investigating a shooting — with a wound that was not life-threatening — that was reported at 8:44 p.m. Saturday in Mendota.
Police say a 47-year-old West Chicago man was taken to OSF St. Paul Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg. The incident reportedly occurred in the area of Fifth Avenue and Sixth Street, just east of the Sweet Corn Festival area.
Mendota police chief Greg Kellen said in a press release the shooting was not related to one that took place last Sunday or with the threat made by a 17-year-old juvenile from the Chicago area. Kellen did not release any further details and it is not known if the shooter(s) from the earlier incident or the juvenile are in custody. Late last week Kellen said law enforcement knows the identity of the juvenile who made the threats, and law enforcement officials including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Chicago Police were looking for him.
The man shot Saturday night was not identified since it is still under investigation. No new information was released before press time today.
Kellen said the incidents are not related and he encouraged the public to continue to enjoy the Sweet Corn Festival on Sunday. He also encouraged anyone who sees any suspicious activity, persons or vehicles to report it to the police immediately.
“Mendota residents and festival attendees should not feel endangered over the recent isolated events and are encouraged to enjoy the 72nd annual Sweet Corn Festival events and activities,” Kellen said in the release.