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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.

Cindy B December 18, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Every boy in our neighborhood has an airsoft gun. Not illegal, not deadly, relax people. He's walking around with it because he's a kid.Kids aren't known for having the best judgement. He wasn't pointing it at anyone or threatening anyone?? Charging this kid with anything is ridiculous. I'm sure he's terrified after this. I would doubt he'd ever walk around with it again.
Chris Fox December 18, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I wish there were "like" buttons on Patch...well said.
Alex Hoffman December 18, 2012 at 01:28 AM
You people are trying to justify this st patrick's church does not permit the pocession of airsoft guns on their property this isn't a "kid" he is a juivanile under 18 he knows what he was doing and quite frankly i found it quite terrifying
Alex Hoffman December 18, 2012 at 01:29 AM
as soon as we find out i it was loaded is when you can try to justify this teen's poor decision
Nola Girl December 18, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Depends on if the juvenile was 10 or 17. If he is younger, obviously he wouldn't know any better. But an older child, is a different story. Bad decision either way unfortunately.
Jeffrey Dillon December 18, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Let me explain one thing, I get the whole it's only an air soft rifle but at 4:30 when dark out and going off the events that just occurred he deserves what he got or is getting. Im sorry, you don't have time to see exactly how old the person is and what type of gun he's carrying, especially when there is a parking lot full of kids. My daughter (7) happened to be at the school at that time and was taken Into a closet because of what you all call an over exaggeration of a situation. So Imagine what was going thru her head after what she's seen and a whole weekend of explaining what happened. And what did she say to my wife as she finally got to her? "Mommy, I don't want die." When your kid says that to you let me know how you would react!
Nola Girl December 18, 2012 at 02:13 AM
JD, I agree with you completely. I think it's terrible either way. Im sorry your baby had to go through that.
R Westphal December 18, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Thanks for posting the ordinance. i had no idea it was in place. I must have missed that when i was studying all of the city laws. I'll make sure to fill my 6 & 7 yr old in. On another note, Imagine how edgy YPD will be once the new concealed weapons law is in place.
Catie Banks Peterson December 18, 2012 at 02:19 AM
JD, if I could like your comment I would. People don't get it. Legal or not, what he did was irresponsible and caused emotional damage to a bunch of young children and their parents. Maybe when we start caring about the human factor again things will be right with our world.
oswego resident December 18, 2012 at 02:27 AM
These toy guns look exactly like real guns. It's different if he was playing in his yard with a couple of friends. But to be walking around a church with this toy he was looking for some sort of attention. He needs to be disciplined....
CP December 18, 2012 at 02:28 AM
JD, if I could like your comment I would. People don't get it. Legal or not, what he did was irresponsible and caused emotional damage to a bunch of young children and their parents. Maybe when we start caring about the human factor again things will be right with our world.
Lisa December 18, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Thank you so much to the YPD for responding so quickly! They did a great job! JD, I am so sorry that your daughter had to experience that! Very scary, and I'm glad everyone is ok.
ChiChic December 18, 2012 at 02:51 AM
"Police Respond to Reports of Man Carrying Gun at St. Patrick's Church" Even the Patch over-reacts with the headline. Really, "a man"? "carrying a gun"? Cindy B.-- I, too, wish there were a "Like" button here. Very well said. I don't think anyone is wanting to "justify" the young person's choice in what he did. I think everyone would agree it was ignorant of the juvenile. This young mans parent or parents should have had a long discussion with him long today. I believe this incident will help not only his poor decision but hopefully his parent(s) and any other's that have learned by/from it. For any that don't wish to Google it and learn what the law is in Illinois, here is a link: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/ilstatutes/720/535 -- AIR RIFLE ACT or try: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1934&ChapterID=53
Smokingdiesel December 18, 2012 at 05:00 AM
This is something that in an instant could go from some dumb ass kid carrying a air soft gun to the patch and everyone in here spinning it yorkville police dept kills an unarmed 17 year old. Who cares what the "law" states Jen,, I'm really surprised that all the police departments had restraint from not putting a bullet in his head for doing something so stupid 2 days after this county's worst killings. Fake gun or squirt gun or Barbie gun I don't care, if your stupid enought to walk around in public you deserve any charges they file and this kid is very lucky his parents are not planning his funeral after a stunt like that!!! JD I'm really sorry your family had to deal with a traumatic event in the hands of some dum-bass kid! Nice work YPD!
Tim December 18, 2012 at 05:23 AM
A 17yr old gets charged with disorderly conduct in Kendall County for having a BB gun, but not pointing it at anyone. A grown man, that works for Kendall County, pulls a REAL loaded gun out, and points it at unarmed people in a crowded shopping center, and he gets.... what exactly? This county has is priorities COMPLETELY messed up.
charlies angel December 18, 2012 at 08:19 AM
So some people are considered paranoid or are over reacting? You just cant be too careful and to be aware of your surroundings. My son and all of his friends have air soft guns. They would not be so stupid to even think to carry one around after these tragedies. That kid was looking for attention and hes lucky he didn't get hurt by a civilian thinking otherwise.
Bob December 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM
I applaud the police for their restraint, this could have gone very bad....
susan moss December 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Very recently an army of police surrounded my property with at least one officer walking towards me pointing a gun at me, stating drop your weapon, I had no weapon, and I will tell you this, Being Innocent, the next time this happens , he WILL have to SHOOT me. They'd better know whats going on before THEY point a deadly weapon at an innocent person.
GenQuad4 December 18, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Really? In light of what just happened less than a week ago and with the threats of violence at one of the churches in Newtown, you are going to justify why some 17 year old can carry an airsoft gun in public? What reason does he have to bring it out and take it to a church parking lot? While it may be perfectly legal to carry it if it is unloaded, broken down or in a case, none of these seem to be the case or can be confirmed at 4:30 PM during the winter months except that it was not in a case and not broken down. Also for those of you to worried about offending your children by telling them no to anything.... Some Air Soft guns look exactly like real guns and in a dusk/dark time of the day those can be mistaken for a real weapon. Quit justifing the right to carry it. How about you as "concerned" Adults ask yourself what business he had out and about with it? If this were in some other area of the state or Country we very well could have another dead child and then what would you be saying? "Damn you police for over reacting?" Maybe if we werent so afraid of offending anyone or worring about our children not being our friends then maybe these idiots that keep shooting up places would think twice about disrespecting thier parents or thinking about killing innocent people.
Jen K. December 18, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Well, I for one care what the law states. That's my bottom line. I was asking if anyone knew what the law stated. Unless you are breaking a law, then you can't be charged with anything. Unfortunately, stupidity is not a crime. It's too bad. Smoking Diesel, I hope you don't (or don't have any children) that make bad decisions, and certainly hope that if they do, they won't be prosecuted for it -- much less having a bullet put in their head by the police department. Again, I can speak for myself, I wasn't trying to justify the decision made by the juvenile to carry the airsoft gun near a church. I was looking for clarity as far as the law is written. So sorry for all who had to witness this first hand and for the trauma their child or their family went through. I'm sure it was truly frightening.
Smokingdiesel December 18, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Genquad, my statement is exactly the same, Jen if your so intrested in the law and have enough time to make pointless lengthy statements, you should use your time wisely and research the law and spend some time looking up (the meaning) of how ( to use ) these little (curved) line things properly!
David Johnson December 18, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I feel for the parents, including myself, with children in the school. Seeing the cops running out of their vehicles with bullet proof vests and rifles, was horrific. I just dropped of my child and was leaving the parking lot when I witnessed all of this. Terrified, I immediately parked and ran inside to get my child. The principal informed me there was someone apparently on the grounds with a gun. No one can imagine the way that makes your insides feel unless you have experienced it. It will take awhile to get over. Yes, I do believe the boy should have some consequences for his actions. Just the same as if a student was to bring a 'fake' gun, bb gun to school...there are rules for a reason. Lets not forget a bb gun can also be harmful to people.
Tony December 18, 2012 at 04:34 PM
The real problem isn't so much the police but what will happen when he points it a another kid who has a real gun and he ends up dead not to mention the innocent bystanders that may get shot. A lot of young people are armed with real guns and they will kill you.If a policeman asks you to do something and he is pointing a gun at I would suggest you comply, I am sure he had a good reason to do something like this.Just today I read in the Herald news that a young man showing off a hand gun to some friendswhile he was in a parked car, the gun went off and as a result he is dead.It was illegal for him to have a loaded gun in a car and I bet he had a criminal record and I am glad for once that it wasn't one of the other young men that got shot instead .So many people die because of these illegal weapons and making them legal is not going to erase stupidity,only tough gun laws can do that.
Jen K. December 18, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Wow. I was asking if anyone had any information on the law. And now, I have been called pointless and my skills with parenthesis have been called into question. Stick to the point. You don't know me OR where I stand on this discussion. Please restrain yourself and keep your insulting and ignorant statements to yourself. Adios.
BD December 18, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I have read articles from other school shootings where the shooters documented themselves going through their plan and acting them out...how does anyone know that is not what this kid was doing??? The problem is that parents don't parent their kids anymore and kids are disrespectful and feel they can do anything they want. I feared my parents discipline and therefore thought twice about the decisions I made...that is simply not the case anymore
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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