Illinois police officer shoots suspect who opened fire at school

 

Illinois police officer shoots suspect who opened fire at school
Illinois police officer shoots suspect who opened fire at school

A suspect was injured during a gunfire exchange with a police officer after he opened fire at an Illinois school Wednesday morning.

The Dixon police officer confronted the armed male at Dixon High School around 8 a.m., according to a post on the city's Facebook page. The suspect shot at him, preliminary investigations show, prompting the officer to return fire.

The gunman was struck in the confrontation and taken into custody, where he is currently receiving medical treatment. His injuries appear to be non-life threatening, according to the statement.

The officer believed to have stopped the attack escaped the incident without injury and no students or staff were wounded in the Wednesday morning shooting.

Authorities believe the gunman acted alone and that there is no further threat to the community, according to a press release from City Manager Danny Langloss.

Still, all Dixon public schools were put on lockdown following the incident so authorities may continue to investigate.

Dixon High School students were being bused to the baseball fields in Page Park, where they may be picked up by parents.

Ahead of the incident Wednesday, there had been 21 school shootings where someone was either hurt or killed so far in 2018. That averages out to about 1 incident a week, with the most recent being in Palmdale, Calif., earlier this week.

One person was shot in the arm, and the suspect was taken into custody.

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