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Woman, 20, shot at Peru motel late Tuesday

Victim will survive; police hunting for shooter

A woman was shot late Tuesday at the Tou-Rest Motel in Peru — she is expected to live — and police were searching today for her assailant.

In a press release, Peru police said they responded at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday to Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru. There, it was reported a 20-year-old female, taken there by private vehicle, she had suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body area. Her injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

The shooting launched an ongoing investigation by the Peru police patrol and detective divisions and the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Peru police chief Doug Bernabei disclosed the location of the shooting to the NewsTribune and said police were investigating “the possibility it was drug-related.”

“It’s so preliminary — and frankly we’re not getting much cooperation — so I cannot be definitive as to the risk of the public.”

Police said the shooting took place at a gathering of several individuals and the potential crime scene is currently under police guard pending the execution of a search warrant, expected to be served this morning.

“No offender is in custody and all people at the gathering were no longer on scene when officers determined the apparent location,” Bernabei said in the release. “Some individual believed to be there at the time of the shooting have been identified but cooperation is less than forthcoming.

Anyone with information is asked to call Commander Sarah Raymond or Detective Sgt. Dennis Hocking at (815) 223-2151 ext. 0 or can call in anonymously at the Peru police tip line at (815) 222-1432.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or Follow him on Twitter @NT_Court.

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