FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — A teenager is dead after Freeport Police are investigating multiple shootings that have occurred since Friday.
The most recent shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Police tell us it was in the 200 block of S. Cherry where two victims were found. Both were taken to FHN, one victim, Kiahna Clark, 16, died as a result of the wounds they received.
The Freeport teen was hanging out with her friends, when she and another girl were shot. Family described the high school junior as a funny, sassy girl with a big personality.
“She doesn’t even get to meet her new niece that will be here in January,” said Stephanie Baird, Clark’s mother.
Police said the Clark was found on the porch of a home on Cherry Avenue, and that they believe the shooting is tied to two local gangs. However, Freeport Police Chief Matt Summers said that the victim was not involved.
“I do not believe she had an affiliation with the gangs, but I think it is important to note or say that with these two local gangs, if you are a boyfriend, a girlfriend or a family member, you are a target,” Summers said. “They do not care. They do not care who gets in the way, so you are a target if you are hanging out with these gang members.”
Clark’s mother is begging for the person responsible to turn themselves in, or any witness to share any information that can lead to an arrest.
“Please turn yourself in, I would not want to wish this on any other mother, parent, it is a lot,” said Baird. “Please let the officers know who are working the case.”
Clark’s family is planning on making t-shirts in her memory. A GoFundMe has been set up to help with the cost of her funeral.
During this investigation police received more calls of shots fired. They tell us the shots were coming from areas known to be frequented by gang members.
Earlier on Sunday, around 11:20 a.m., police said two parties exchange gunfire in the 800 block of S. Galena Ave. One victim is being treated at a local hospital. The status of the male isn’t released yet.
On Friday, September 17th, the department responded to 3 calls for shots being fired in close proximity.
On Saturday, September 18th, police responded to more shots being fired. One of the incidents resulted in a victim being struck by gunfire. Police tell us those injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.
The Freeport Police Department believes the crimes of this weekend are a result of an ongoing feud between two local hybrid street gangs.
The police department reached out to the Stephenson County Sheriff and Illinois State Police due to the violence in the city this weekend.
If anyone has information contact Freeport Police or Stateline Area Crime Stoppers.