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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Aurora Juvenile Pleads Guilty to Shooting at Gas Station – Sentenced to Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a seventeen-year-old Aurora juvenile accused of firing a handgun at a vehicle while at an Aurora gas station has entered a plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm (Class 1 Felony) and one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Gang Member (Class 2 Felony). Following his guilty plea, Judge Anthony Coco sentenced the juvenile to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice for an indeterminant amount of time not to exceed his twenty-first birthday. On May 12, 2021, the juvenile appeared at his initial detention hearing where he was charged with sixteen counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Gang Member, one count of Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Minor and one count of Unlawful Use of a Firearm.

On February 21, 2021, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Aurora Police Department officers were dispatched to the Thornton’s Gas Station located at 2800 Ogden Avenue for a report of shots fired. Prior to the officers’ arrival, an individual, later identified as the juvenile, exited the passenger side of a vehicle parked in front of the store and began firing shots at another vehicle parked at one of the gas pumps, striking a vehicle six times. After firing, the juvenile reentered the passenger’s side of the vehicle in which he arrived and continued to shoot at the vehicle as his vehicle drove through the gas station parking lot before leaving the scene. An investigation into the incident led authorities to the juvenile as a suspect. The investigation also showed that the juvenile fired a total of sixteen shots. On May 6, 2021, the juvenile was arrested and taken into custody in Kane County on unrelated charges.

“The residents of DuPage County should not be subjected to random, gang-fueled violence as we saw in this case,” Berlin said. “My office has no tolerance whatsoever for this type of brazen behavior and will act swiftly to protect our residents when incidents such as this arise. Thankfully, no one was injured or worse, killed, by the actions of this juvenile. I commend the Aurora Police Department for their efforts in identifying the defendant and for their continued work in keeping our neighborhoods safe. I thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Alyssa Rabulinski and Lynn Cavallo for their work on this case that led to today’s guilty plea.”