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A recently expelled student in IL is in custody after he opened fire near the gym of his former school, where seniors at Dixon High were gathered for graduation practice, at around 8am Wednesday.

Nobody was hit in the initial gunfire, and an unidentified school resource officer was able to pursue and confront the suspect, said Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell. His comments were echoed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who in a statement credited "school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a unsafe situation".

Howell said the officer returned fire, shot the suspect and took him into custody. The Dixon High School and all Dixon public schools have been put on lockdown. Seniors were inside the gym discussing details about their upcoming graduation when a 19-year-old former student started shooting.

All schools in the city about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Chicago have been placed on lockdown while the shooting is investigated. Nevertheless, the situation changed once he encountered Officer Blaine Gaskill.

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A press conference on the incident may be held later today. "All staff and students are safe, no injuries".

The suspect in the shooting, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, was arrested at the scene.

Parents were being told to pick up their children at nearby Al Morrison Baseball Field, WQAD reported. He says the teenager turned and shot at the officer, who then returned fire. He is in custody. No one else was wounded in the incident.

Dixon police believe the suspect acted alone and say there is no further threat to the safety of students and staff.


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