JANESVILLE (WREX) — Janesville Police release more details following a double murder in the city early Monday morning.
Janesville Police Chief David Moore said the two victims, 27 and 30, were seen together at 2 a.m. Monday at the TA Express Janesville Travel Plaza. Just over an hour later, at 3:17 a.m., the two were found around the corner from the truck shop, on the ground and shot.
At a news conference Monday night Chief Moore said the women died at Mercy Hospital a short time later.
A suspect is not in custody but police believe the public is not in danger. Moore said the victims will not be identified while police are still working to notify family.
"I can tell you there are young children that are going to be impacted by this and we just need to afford the family some time," Moore said.
When asked when the last double murder in Janesville occurred, Chief Moore said he believes the last one was in the late 1960s early 1970s, though it "could've been a murder-suicide," meaning Janesville has not seen a double murder in several decades.
"It was a particularly violence scene," he said.
About an hour after the women were found shot in Janesville, a vehicle registered to one of the victims was found in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
The drive from Janesville to Hoffman Estates is about an hour and 15 minutes, leading police to believe the driver left the scene immediately after the shooting.
Police wouldn't say if they believe the shooter is in Illinois but authorities are working with Illinois law enforcement with information.
Anyone with information about the double murder is asked to call Janesville Police or CrimeStoppers.