Crime & Courts

Bond set at $1 million for man charged in Villa Park amusement park shooting


Bond was set Monday at $1 million for a Chicago man accused of shooting another man at an indoor amusement park in Villa Park.

Meco Norris, 25, of the 3000 block of North Spaulding Avenue, has been charged with one count of attempt murder, one count of aggravated battery – discharge of a firearm and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

On Nov. 13, at approximately 6:56 p.m., Villa Park and Lombard police responded to a call of shots fired at Safari Land amusement park located at 701 W. North Ave., Villa Park.

Norris and his victim were both at Safari Land when at some point in time, Norris allegedly pulled out a weapon and shot his victim three times, once in the right chest, once in the right shoulder and once in the right elbow, the release stated.

Following the shooting, Norris fled the scene. He was arrested the following day at his home without incident. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for his injuries and was released later that evening, the release stated.

“While dozens of children enjoyed an evening at a popular indoor children’s amusement park with their families, it is alleged that Mr. Norris pulled a loaded weapon, aimed it at another man and fired, striking his victim three times.” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Mr. Norris’ alleged actions, with multiple children literally just feet away, demonstrate the most horrifying disregard for public safety I have seen in my 30-plus years as a prosecutor. We are all very thankful that no children were injured during this alleged attack.”

“While one person was physically harmed in this incident, there are hundreds of more victims, from very young children to grandparents, who will bear scars emotionally and psychologically for a long time,” Villa Park Chief of Police Michael Rivas said in the release. “We will pursue any and all who commit a violent crime in Villa Park and will do all we can to protect the public by bringing the person responsible to justice.”

Norris’ next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 17 for arraignment.