JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. – Two IDOT workers were shot Wednesday night while working north of Mount Vernon, Illinois.
One IDOT worker was treated and released. The other was taken to a St. Louis hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to a shooting at about 9:30 p.m. on Dix-Irvington Road near I-57. The shooting victims were contractors for IDOT.
Two juveniles were taken into custody and questioned about the shooting. They were then released to their guardians.
“We are fully cooperating with law enforcement and providing any assistance we can to see that the perpetrators of this crime are given the appropriate punishment. This troubling incident serves as an important reminder that the men and women of the Illinois Department of Transportation and our partners put their lives on the line every day to ensure the public’s safety and well-being. While this kind of dangerous and senseless act not only puts workers at risk, it can also result in grave consequences for anyone else traveling in the area,” states the Illinois Department of Transportation.
It is unknown at this time what led up to the shooting. FOX 2 will continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available.