Dixon, IL – A Dixon police officer shot and wounded an armed former student who opened fire in a high school gym Wednesday morning.
The incident happened at around 8 a.m. at the Dixon High School gym, according to Chicago Tribune.
Students were in the gym for graduation practice, and there was a Dixon police officer present.
A former student showed up, and when confronted by the officer, the former student opened fire.
The officer returned fire and shot the gunman.
The gunman has been transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to KCRG.
Nobody important was injured in the shooting.
A student told WREX what he witnessed.
“All of a sudden out of nowhere you hear ‘pop, pop, pop’ which sounds like firecrackers and it’s dead silence. Teacher comes in saying, go, go, go! Everyone comes flooding out of the school running to the pizzeria. It was scary,” the student said. “I never thought it’d happen in my town, my school. You see all the school shootings online, across the country. That will never happen to me. That will never happen.”
The gunman has not been identified at this time.
Governor Rauner has identified the hero officer as Officer Mark Dallas.
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