14-year-old girl shot near Elgin elementary school


ELGIN, Ill. — A 14-year-old girl was shot near an elementary school in Elgin Tuesday afternoon.

The Elgin Police Department said around 4 p.m. Tuesday, they received multiple calls of shots fired near the intersection of Washburn and Billings street. When officers arrived, they determined shots were fired from at least one car toward another vehicle. Shortly after, police found a 14-year-old shooting victim in a vehicle at Highland Avenue and State Street, near Ellis Middle School.

The girl was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The 14-year-old was in the vehicle with an adult male who police said is cooperating with the investigation.

Police said after a preliminary investigation, they learned the 14-year-old was not the intended target and the shooting did not appear to be random.

Elgin police placed additional squads around the school as a precautionary measure Wednesday.

The school sent an email to parents on Tuesday saying in part, “…In an abundance of caution, we will not hold any outdoor recess today. We ask you to please keep this victim and her family in your thoughts … [we]have held a staff meeting and have responded to individual students and concerns as needed today.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Dave Lesko at 847-289-2458 or text anonymously to 847411 and include ElginPD in the beginning of the narrative.


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