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Crime & Courts

DeKalb police investigating report of shots fired into crowd

No one arrested yet in connection with incident, official says

DeKALB – No one is in custody in connection with a Sunday incident in which police said gunshots were fired into a crowd of people in the 800 block of Russell Road.

It was the second report of shots fired over the weekend and the fourth in 10 days.

According to a safety bulletin from Northern Illinois University police, witnesses saw three men, including one with a gun who fired several shots into a crowd of people about 8:20 p.m. Deputy Chief John Petragallo said the incident was not a random act.

Evidence was found to show shots were fired, Petragallo said.

The three men then took off in a white Lincoln Town Car that has damage to the passenger side of the vehicle and headed south on Russell Road.

Petragallo said there is no indication this report of shots fired is related to the others that occurred in the past 10 days.

“It’s still early,” Petragallo said. “We don’t know what we’re going to find as we continue to investigate – anything can come up. We have committed teams working on leads.”

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about the incident should call DeKalb police at 815-748-8400.

Another off-campus shooting occurred Friday in the 800 block of Oak Street. After further investigation, DeKalb police determined a 16-year-old male juvenile accidentally shot an 18-year-old man.

Neither individual is affiliated with NIU, and the victim placed the blame on the wrong person, according to another safety bulletin.

The boy involved in Friday’s shooting has been charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony, and is in custody at the Kane County Juvenile Detention Facility.

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