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Peoria Police: Double Homicide Victims Shot Each Other

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Peoria Police say two men who died in a Sunday morning shooting in Central Peoria shot each other.

Officer Amy Dotson said on Friday that investigators reconstructed events that led to the deaths of Rashad Williams of Peoria Heights and Josiah Hanson of McDonough, Ga., following an incident in the 900 block of West Crestwood Drive.

The investigation determined Hanson, 28, left an apartment where he was staying shortly after 1 a.m. to get something out of a vehicle, and Williams, 19, was dropped off in the vicinity at about the same time. Evidence indicates Williams approached Hanson as he searched through the vehicle’s trunk, and the two men shot each other.

Both men then ran in opposite directions. Williams collapsed in the parking lot and died at the scene, while Hanson made it inside the apartment building. As he received medical attention in the apartment, Hanson described the person who shot him, with the description matching Williams. Hanson later died at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Two handguns and multiple bullet casings were found at the scene. Forensic analysis determined the recovered guns fired the bullets in the incident. Police said it appears Hanson and Williams did not know each other and no one else was involved.

Anyone with possible camera footage of the shooting, or additional information that may be important to the case is asked to contact the Peoria Police Department.

Contact Joe at jdeacon@ilstu.edu.