Teen in Critical Condition Following Accidental Shooting in Basement in Unincorporated Gurnee

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A teen is in critical condition two days after being shot in unincorporated Gurnee.

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded about 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 6, 2023, to a report that a teen was shot in the block of 36700 North Grandwood Drive, unincorporated Gurnee. Lake County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located a 15-year-old boy in the basement with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Sheriff’s deputies rendered aid until paramedics arrived. The boy was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he remains in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation shows the boy was in the basement with two friends, both 16-year-old boys. One of the other boys produced a firearm, a ‘ghost gun’ semi-automatic pistol. The boy discharged the firearm, and it struck the victim. Sheriff’s detectives do not believe the boy with the gun meant to shoot the victim.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

— Lake County Sheriff’s Office

The juvenile who fired the gun was transported to the Hulse Juvenile Detention Facility. Sheriff’s detectives petitioned him into the court system on two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, reckless discharge of a firearm, and reckless conduct.



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