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Home near Frank School hit by gunfire

Schools boost security as precaution; suspect now in custody


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BY DENEEN SMITH
dsmith@kenoshanews.com


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A report of shots fired near Frank School early Friday had schools increasing security as students arrived for class.

A woman said nine shots hit her house in the 5800 block of 18th Avenue at about 6:15 a.m. Friday. The woman said she was at home with her 4-month-old baby and 7-year-old daughter when she heard the gunfire.

“My 7-year-old was coming down the stairs when the bullets hit the house,” she said.

Six shots hit the front of the house, she said, and three hit the back. No one was injured in the house.

A spokesman for the police department said three properties in the neighborhood were hit by gunfire.

“We do have who we believe to be the lone suspect in custody,” said Sgt. James Beller. He said the suspect was a 21-year-old man who was taken into custody on the 1600 block of 59th Street.

Tanya Ruder, spokesman for Kenosha Unified School District, said Kenosha Police notified the school district of the incident, causing the district to boost security as children were arriving for school.

Frank Elementary is at 1816 57th St., about one block north of the woman’s home.

“We worked very closely with the Kenosha Police Department. As a safety precaution we ramped up security at Frank, Reuther, Harborside and EBSOLA,” she said.

Ruder said they based the school locations on information from police “that the suspect was on the move.”

She said the district “received the all-clear right around 8:20 a.m.” that a suspect had been arrested.

Prior to that arrest, she said, the district was only allowing students and staff into the school buildings and had “extra eyes on the windows and doors.”

Bellert said there had been an earlier shots fired call in same neighborhood, with were two separate calls about gunfire in the area of the 1700 block of 59th Street at about midnight. He said the incidents may not be related.


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