10 months, 4 weeks ago by Bob Gough
Brandon Thomas was found dead early Tuesday morning in Peoria
Peoria police are targeting two South Peoria gangs in the Don’t Shoot campaign after a rash of violence left three men dead and at least one wounded since Friday.
Brandon L. Thomas, 25, of Quincy is the city’s latest homicide victim. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after being found behind a house in the 1500 block of Howett Street.
Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard spoke to reporters Tuesday afternoon. He vowed a swift response to the shootings, saying his department would flood the neighborhood where they occurred to put out the growing “brush fire.” And the chief said meetings were planned with other police departments, along with federal and state prosecutors, to determine what the next step would be to combat the violence.
He warned people in the area that they will see more police and could possibly be stopped as officers step up their patrols, but said it was temporary and only to protect the community.