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3 teens charged after shot fired in Woodstock

Police: Boys stole handgun from vehicle, sold to a 17-year-old who fired it

Officers responded to a report of a gunshot about 1 p.m. in the 110 block of Van Buren Street in Woodstock, according to a news release from the Woodstock Police Department.
Officers responded to a report of a gunshot about 1 p.m. in the 110 block of Van Buren Street in Woodstock, according to a news release from the Woodstock Police Department.

Police have arrested two teenagers accused of selling a stolen handgun to a 17-year-old boy who shot a round Sunday on the Woodstock Square.

The 13- and 14-year-old boys are believed to be responsible for a string of car burglaries that occurred over the weekend, according to a news release from the Woodstock Police Department. Stolen from one of the vehicles was the handgun that went off on the Square on Sunday, police said.

Additional evidence from several other car burglaries also was recovered, the release stated.

The teens’ names will not be released because they are juveniles.

Arlene Lynes, store manager of Read Between the Lynes, 111 E. Van Buren St., said her workers reported the situation to police.

“My employees heard a single gunshot, and when they looked up, they saw three individuals running away with a gun lying on the sidewalk,” Lynes said.

The bullet caused minor damage to a doorway near the bookshop and Double Yolk Cafe, 117 E. Van Buren St. Reached by phone Monday morning, cafe employees said they didn’t see or hear the gun go off.

Officers arrived about 1 p.m. to the Square, where they found the 17-year-old suspect and the gun believed to have been involved, according to police.

The incident appeared to be caused by “negligent discharge” of a firearm and didn’t present a risk to the public, police said.

Officers later learned of the two additional juvenile suspects who are accused of selling the gun to the older teen for an undisclosed amount of money during an arranged meeting, according to the news release.

The 13- and 14-year-old boys were found near the Woodstock Square and taken in for questioning.

Police said they believe the meeting happened on the Square because it was convenient for the teens.

Soon after the 17-year-old illegally purchased the gun from the younger boys, a single round was discharged, police said. Police declined to comment how or why the gun went off.

The 17-year-old is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated use of a weapon, possession of a firearm and firearm ammunition and use of weapons.

It was not clear whether a possible injury to the 17-year-old was caused by the bullet or the gun itself, Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb said Monday. No one was taken the hospital.

The younger teens were each charged with burglary to a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm and firearm ammunition and criminal trespass to a vehicle. The 13-year-old faces an additional charge of sale or delivery of a firearm.

All three boys were taken to the Kane County juvenile detention center in St. Charles, police said.

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