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Police Respond to Reports of Man Carrying Gun at St. Patrick's Church

A juvenile male was found with an Airsoft pistol in the parking lot of the church, according to police.

Yorkville police responded in force to calls reporting someone with a gun in front of St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Monday afternoon.

"It was mayhem for a while," Police Chief Richard Hart said after it was all over late Monday afternoon.

Sometime between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m., a 911 call reported a young man carrying a handgun, Hart said. That is about the same time children show up to the church for religious studies classes, said Father Matt Lamoureux, pastor of St. Patrick's.

Hart said he was one of the first officers to respond and they found a 17-year-old juvenile male in the parking lot carrying what Hart described as an Airsoft pistol that looked like a lethal handgun. Police descended on the juvenile with weapons drawn, Hart said.

Hart said his officers keep high-powered rifles in the squad car to respond to situations involving firearms.

Hart said he does not think the juvenile pointed the weapon at anyone, but questioned why he was walking around with it, especially on the heels of the worst school shooting in U.S. history.

"I don't know if he was looking for attention, but he got it in the form of a lot of guns being pointed at him," Hart said.

Hart said he expects the juvenile will face disorderly conduct charges, but could not say late Monday afternoon exactly which charges would be filed.

On Tuesday afternoon police said the juvenile was charged with disorderly conduct in violation of a city ordinance pertaining to air guns and was released to his parents.

Lamoureux said they're relieved everything was OK and thankful no one was hurt.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

BD December 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
BTW...I am out of the country on business and had an email sent to me from St Mary where 2 of my children go to school notifying me why there were cops at school today...I'm half way around the world and have no power to do anything to protect my kids...I hope they use this kid as an example to others.
DG December 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM
As another parent of a child who was there. My daughter forgot her books and I dropped her off and as I came back was right behind kendall co flying in. To see that many officers with rifles drawn being told to stay in my vehicle was horrific! I had to listen because I had my 3 year old in car with me and could have put her in danger. My 9 year old said she was crying and just kept thinking 'I'm going to die' as they hid. I have never felt so scared and helpless in my life. The officers responded as they should-that 'kid' is old enough to know guns real or not have no place on church property(especially right after Newton tragedy). What business did he even have there-how about adding trespassing charges?
MD December 18, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Actually, the article is a bit mistaken. The kid was never on church property. He was near the parking lot, but was right across the street. In this case, trespassing charges would not apply.
CZ December 19, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I'm curious to know what this young mans intent was. I heard he is in a jr. law enforcement program to be a police officer. That being said I would have assumed he would know better.
CMK December 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Agreed. It was terrifying. Glad it ended up not being a hand gun. And, yes, no trespassing since he was standing in a driveway across the street from the church.

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