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UPDATE: Airsoft Gun Incident Puts Geneva Schools in Lockdown

Three young adults are charged with reckless conduct, but the school is not involved. Here are the full details.

Two Oswego men and one Aurora woman were charged with reckless conduct after a traffic stop Monday near a Geneva school that involved an Airsoft gun, police said.

"Due to the nature of the call Geneva schools were placed on lockdown until the incident was resolved," said a statement from the Kane County Sheriff's Office. "Deputies did recover an air soft pistol that closely resembles a handgun."

The incident first began south of the area at about 3:15 pm, the Sheriff's statement said. The three people charged were in at least one vehicle in the area of Route 30 and Route 47 near Sugar Grove when someone inside one car fired several shots, from what initially appeared to be some sort of pistol, at the other car. 

The person that was fired upon followed the offending vehicle into South Mill Creek. By the time deputies were able to catch up to the vehicle they had stopped at the intersection of South Mill Creek Drive and Fabyan Parkway. At that time deputies were able to take the three people in the offending vehicle into custody.

The Fabyan Elementary School property, 0S350 Grengs Lane, is located at the intersection where the arrest took place. Dismissal had taken place already and most of the students were already gone for the day when the incident occurred.

"The arrest(s) took place near the school but the school was not involved," said Lt. Pat Gengler, Kane County Sheriff's Office spokesman, in a brief note preceding the statement.

Geneva School District 304 issued a statement on its website late Monday night.

"Due to the nature of the call, Geneva schools in the vicinity of the stop were placed on lockdown. However, school had already dismissed, and most of the students were already gone for the day when the incident occurred," it said. "Fabyan was on lockdown for fewer than 15 minutes, Geneva Middle School North for several minutes, and Geneva Middle School South was in the process of being notified by police when the incident ended."

The following three people were charged with Reckless Conduct, a misdemeanor:

  • Elle Fowler, 18, 3000 block of Thunderbird Court, Aurora
  • Hector Rubio, 18, 200 block of Bluegrass Parkway, Oswego
  • Michael Thompson, 20, first block of Oakwood Drive, Oswego

Here's our initial report:

The Kane County Sheriff's Office requested that at least one Geneva elementary school and both Geneva middle schools be put on lockdown as of about 3:35 p.m., according to reports from Patch readers.

Reports say Fabyan Elementary School was on lockdown and squad cars were at Mill Creek Elementary, as well. 

Details are limited at this time, but a car was stopped—reportedly at Fabyan Parkway and Mill Creek Drive—possibly occupied by people who have a gun. The people in the car were reportedly involved in a road-rage incident, in which they fired shots at another party.

From TriCom scanner reports, this doesn't sound like it has anything to do with the incident a few days ago at Mill Creek Elementary, where a parent disrupted the classroom.

As of 3:40 p.m., sheriff's personnel were lifting the lockdown at all the schools.

Dispatchers are saying that the gun used was an airsoft gun, and no one is in danger.

Patch will follow up when more information is available from official sources.

Julie January 16, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Again, these are 18+ year olds. I'm not exactly sure what all of your writing is trying to say, but the schools DO bring in people like you write about to try to teach students to follow the good paths. Most do, some do not. The three adults you seem to be protecting more than the innocent people affected are the ones who need to THINK. Are you saying that these adults didn't know any better? Give me a break.
Julie January 16, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Uh, I'm pretty sure that writing that my original entry was provoked by anger, uneducated and that my point of view needed to change would be a start. I think we shall agree to disagree on this topic.
Jack January 29, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Airsoft guns are not BB guns. The pellets are very different and the wounding potential is very different. Patch Editors and professional writers do the community a disservice when they use verbal short-cuts that tend to mislead.
Charles Menchaca January 29, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Jack, thanks for your comment. I've updated the headline and story to clarify that this was strictly an Airsoft-related situation. —Charles Menchaca, Editor, Batavia Patch
Chris Kenny April 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM
A voice of reason. Not every error in judgement is criminal. Too many people in today's society are quick to judge. As far as the terrorized children go, that is on whomever thought it necessary to lock the children in darkened closets. I agree with John and Jessica below that it is hard to know just how serious any given incident like this may be. Damned if you do and dammed if you don't. If the police had over-reacted in this case someone would have been shot and that doesn't seem to be the case here. Nothing to look at here - move along now.

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