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Two dead, one hurt in shooting near Illinois courthouse, authorities say

The Kankakee police chief said suspects have been taken into custody. The violence prompted nearby schools to go on lockdown.

Two people were killed and another person was injured in a shooting Thursday morning near a courthouse in Illinois, authorities said.

Kankakee Police Chief Robin Passwater said two men in their 20s were dead. A third male victim was in surgery Thursday afternoon, he said.

"At this time, we believe there's no threat to the community," he said, adding that two suspects were in custody.

He said "multiple firearms were recovered at the scene, including one long gun."

The courthouse in Kankakee, a city of about 26,000 residents about 60 miles south of Chicago, was open, with a lot of foot traffic in and around the building, when the shooting occurred, Passwater said.

He did not disclose any potential motive and said investigators were speaking to witnesses and looking for others.

NBC Chicago reported that police responded to the shooting near the south side of the courthouse at about 9:15 a.m.

"There has been a shooting at the Kankakee County Courthouse," the Kankakee County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook. "The scene is secured. More information will be available as it becomes available. We are asking everyone to avoid the area as the investigation continues."

Officials also posted on Facebook that the courthouse would remain closed Thursday because of the investigation.

Schools in Kankakee School District 111 were temporarily placed on lockdown. Officials lifted the lockdown just after noon.