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Published on April 17, 2024
Juvenile Detained Following Shooting Near Elementary School, Lockdowns LiftedSource: Facebook / Naperville Police Department

Chaos erupted in Naperville on Tuesday when a shooting incident near an elementary school led to multiple schools being placed on lockdown. According to ABC7 Chicago, police reported that the lockdowns were lifted around 4 p.m., after a juvenile suspect was taken into custody in relation to the shooting.

The investigation began in the afternoon when officers responded to the 2500-block of Leach Drive, Naperville police detailed a scenario where a 22-year-old man was found suffering from gunshot wounds. The shooting not only spurred a swift response from law enforcement, but it also sent ripples of fear through the community, as five local schools including Neuqua Valley High School and Gregory Middle School, implemented precautionary security measures. These institutions are part of the delicate weave that holds the fabric of the suburb together, their sanctity briefly violated by the day's violence.

One local resident, Callie Stone, told ABC7 Chicago, "I was at home and all of a sudden, I heard a gunshot," followed by what she described as the panicked screams of her neighbor. He purportedly yelled for urgency, bleeding and seemingly aware of the gravity of his own predicament. Meanwhile, students like Sanura Evans from Neuqua Valley High School found themselves in the middle of a real-world scenario that no drill could have truly prepared them for. "I was scared, so I started texting my mom. She didn't answer the phone, so I started calling my brother. I was calling everybody," Evans recounted.

The nature of the shooting leans towards a targeted event, Naperville police have surmised, yet the specter of such violence holds no discrimination against whom, it chooses to disturb. Those with any shred of information are being called upon to step forward and speak with the Naperville police investigative division, by calling (630) 420-6665, as reported by Chicago Sun-Times.