Child arrested after shooting others with pellet gun at Crystal Lake school

Crystal Lake police took a minor into custody last week after they found the child armed with a pellet gun shot other children in the playground area at Canterbury Elementary School outside of school hours.

Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Derek Hyrkas said officers responded to the school after receiving a report of a child being seen with a firearm about 5 p.m. Sept. 21.

They “quickly determined” the gun was a BB or pellet gun, and that “a few” other children were shot with it, Hyrkas said.

Those that were struck suffered very minor injuries, Hyrkas said, and the child was taken into custody.

Hyrkas declined to say what charges, if any, the child is facing. He declined Tuesday to provide the age and gender of the child.

“Since the incident did not occur during the school day and the call wasn’t made by the school, we had no information about the incident,” Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 spokeswoman Denise Barr said, referring questions to Crystal Lake police.

Sam Lounsberry

Sam Lounsberry

Sam Lounsberry covers local government, business, K-12 education and all other aspects of life in McHenry County, in particular in the communities of Woodstock, McHenry, Richmond, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake and Johnsburg.