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Capt. Jason Henderson with the Illinois State Police briefed the media about a shooting in Normal on Monday. READ MORE HERE.

NORMAL — Illinois State Police are investigating after a north Normal shooting that left three people injured and three dead, including the suspect, authorities said Monday.

The shooting in the 2000 block of Lambert Drive, in the Landing Estates Mobile Home Park, was reported at 3:44 p.m., Normal police Chief Rick Bleichner said.

Arriving officers found multiple victims with gunshot wounds and began to render aid, he said. Others found the suspect, who was shot by police. Bleichner said officers discharged their firearms “based on their fear of imminent harm to themselves and others.”

Rick Bleichner, Normal police chief, hedshot

Bleichner

Two women were declared dead at the scene, Bleichner said. Three other victims were taken to Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal with what he described as serious injuries. Victims’ names were being withheld pending family notification.

State police are taking over the investigation as part of the protocol for officer-involved shootings, officials said.

“It's an ongoing investigation,” said state police Capt. Jason Henderson, speaking to reporters Monday evening. “It's very fluid at this point in time. I would just like to reassure the community that this does look to be an isolated incident and there's nothing that they need to be in fear of at this time.”

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Police block off the area around the Landing Estates Mobile Home Park on Monday afternoon. 

Around the time officers arrived on scene, residents were told to shelter in place, with all vehicle traffic not entering or exiting. McLean County Unit 5 rerouted some school buses in the area. Deputies began allowing traffic to the nearby Ironwood Gardens Apartments shortly before 5 p.m., and Linden Street was reopened around 6 p.m.

Allison Quinn was working outside in her driveway when she heard what sounded like a round of fireworks or firecrackers being set off.

Police

Traffic is routed around the area of a shooting in north Normal on Aug. 30 that left three injured and three dead, including the suspect. 

“At first it was a cluster, then it stopped, there was an occasional shot, then at the end of it it was just like a constant going off, then it just stopped,” Quinn recounted to The Pantagraph Monday afternoon. “Then I heard a whole bunch of sirens, people yelling and I saw people running down my street.”

Quinn, who lives on North Midway Avenue, said the shots sounded like they originated from the north part of the mobile home park. The whole encounter lasted “at least a couple of minutes,” she said.

Normal police responded to what they described as an "active situation" at The Landing Estates Mobile Home Park, near the 2000 block of North Linden, on Monday afternoon. Authorities said a suspect was taken into custody. READ MORE HERE.

It wasn’t until the sirens of emergency vehicles blared through her neighborhood that Quinn “put two and two together” and realized that the echoes of the shots weren’t from pyrotechnics.

“That’s when I knew they were gunshots,” said Quinn, who lives in the park with her two sons. “It’s crazy. ... I’m kind of in shock over it still. It hasn’t set in yet. You hear about this and never think it can happen in your own neighborhood.”

The Pantagraph has filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking body and dashboard camera footage of the incident.

Normal Mayor Chris Koos characterized the shooting as “appalling,” telling The Pantagraph that “it’s unfortunate that something like this would happen in our community.”

Chris Koos

Chris Koos

Koos said he’s hopeful that the survivors will recover from their injuries, and that if the town can help victims’ families in any way, “we’ll be there for them.”

“To their families, I know it’s an unbelievable shock. Our hearts go out to them,” Koos said. “We’ll figure this out. It’s an unfortunate situation for our community.”

A representative for the mobile home park answered the park's phone Monday evening, but declined to comment on the shooting.


Contact Kade Heather at 309-820-3256. Follow him on Twitter: @kadeheather

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