Brookfield Police Chief Steven Stelter said Friday afternoon that two people being questioned in relation to the shooting of a Brookfield man on Sept. 8 have been released without being charged.
Since Wednesday afternoon, police had been questioning a 20-year-old Lyons man who was suspected as being the triggerman in Tuesday’s shooting in the 4500 block of Park Avenue. On Thursday, police also picked up the suspect’s 14-year-old brother, who was also suspected of being at the scene of the shooting.
But on Friday, Stelter said police had released both of the brothers due to a lack of evidence and inconsistencies in statements.
“We’re looking at them not being involved at this time,” Stelter said.
One juvenile, a 15-year-old Hodgkins boy, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the shooting. The teenager is not suspected of shooting the victim, but was reportedly identified by the victim. He has been petitioned to Cook County juvenile authorities.
The Hodgkins teen is the ex-boyfriend of the victim’s step daughter, according to police. When the teen and two others went to Brookfield to visit the girl just before 10 p.m. on Sept. 8, the girl’s father intervened. During an argument that followed, someone shot the girl’s father multiple times.
The 40-year-old victim remains in Loyola University Medical Center, but is expected to make a full recovery.