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2 dead, several injured in Halloween party shooting in Illinois

Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Authorities said two people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured in a shooting early Sunday at a Halloween party in Illinois.

The Will County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the shooting began at about 12:40 a.m. near a DJ booth that had been erected in the backyard of a residence in Joliet Township, which is about 40 miles southwest of Chicago.

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More than a dozen people were shot and hospitalized. Two died at the scene, authorities said, and four received life-threatening injuries.

The sheriff's office said witnesses have indicated there were two shooters on a porch overlooking the party of some 200 people when they opened fire. A sergeant in the area heard about a dozen shots and saw more than 100 people fleeing the residence.

"Initial responding personnel began performing life-saving measures and wound triage on numerous individuals on scene," the sheriff's office said. "While sheriff's office personnel were on scene, additional shots were head in the immediate area."

Witnesses described one of the shooters to authorities as a Hispanic male of average size with facial hair who was wearing a red hoodie, dark pants and a black-billed hat. They said the other suspect was a "light-skinned Black male or Hispanic" of average size wearing a yellow hoodie and a ski mask.

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Authorities are asking for help identifying the suspects and cellphone pictures and videos taken during the party.

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