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City of Dixon

Students at Dixon High School are safe after a shooting in the school around 8:00 Wednesday morning. Police say a 19-year-old student entered the school with a gun and fired shots near the gym, where graduation practice was taking place.

He was pursued by the school’s resource officer, who shot him in the shoulder outside of the building. The shooter was taken into custody. Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell credits active shooter training with preventing casualties.

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Rockford Police Department

Rockford police are investigating a New Years Day shooting at Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel and Conference Center. 

The Register-Star reports a fight broke out in a hallway at 3:30 Sunday morning. This resulted in four people getting shot.  Three of these victims were hospitalized but their names were not released.  The fourth victim, 34-year-old Joshua Jamerson, died of his wounds.  His name was released by the Winnebago County Coroner. 

Winnebago County Sheriff's Department

Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies are guarding a man in a Rockford hospital. He’s suspected of killing a 16-year-old Machesney Park's Rebecca Finkenhofer and shooting her grandmother Tuesday night.

Michael Mernack, 36, was shot by Winnebago County sheriff’s deputies after they were called to a Machesney Park home. They say he was armed.

Champaign Police

The suspect in a shooting  last weekend at a party near the University of Illinois campus was charged with murder Friday afternoon.  18-year-old Robbie Patton was arraigned in Urbana. Patton appeared by video from the Champaign County Jail and barely spoke as the charges against him were read. Patton answered ``yes sir'' several times as a judge asked him whether he understood the charges. Patton was assigned a lawyer to represent him. 

Patton unexpectedly turned himself in at the Champaign County Jail Thursday night.

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