Gunshots Hit Meadow View Elementary: Joliet Police

JOLIET, IL — The property of Meadow View Elementary School in the Plainfield School District continues to be the scene of recurring gunfire. Joliet police issued a news release Monday saying school staff had located damage to the building caused by gunfire around 6:35 a.m.

The school is located on Mirage Avenue in the Plainfield neighborhood of Joliet.

“Officers have determined that within the past 24 hours, an exterior and interior window on the west side of the school appeared to have been damaged by gunfire,” police spokesman Dwayne English said. “An interior wall of the school was also hit.

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Officers recovered a projectile from the scene and no injuries were reported.

Additional officers arrived at the school and conducted an extensive neighborhood survey to gather further information. English said there are no suspects at this time.

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On Sunday evening May 15, Joliet police investigated a shooting at the Meadow View property that left a 17-year-old with a bullet in the leg. Two days later, Joliet police announced the arrest of 16-year-old Gabriel Rodriguez-McSwine on the campus of Plainfield Central High School.

Rodriguez-McSwine lives in the 1700 block of Wake Island Drive, which is between Thomas Hickey Drive and Theodore Street on the west side of Joliet. According to court records, Rodriguez-McSwine will turn 17 on May 31. He is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, aggravated discharging a firearm and three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and his bail remains set at $1 million.

If anyone has any information related to this latest shooting, they are encouraged to contact the Joliet Police Department Investigative Unit at 815-724-3020. They can also contact Will County Crime Stoppers at 800-323-6734 or online at https://crimestoppersofwillcou… if they wish to remain anonymous.


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