Gunman opens fire at Illinois high school, but ‘good guy with gun’ steps in

Gunman opens fire at Illinois high school, but ‘good guy with gun’ steps in
Image via City of Dixon Facebook page

This is Parkland in the Bizarro World. Like Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High, Dixon High School, in Dixon, Ill., had an armed resource officer on the premises as a safeguard against armed invaders. Unlike Stoneman Douglas, the “good guy with a gun” did his job in this case.

SaukValley, a local online newspaper, has the details:

 A 19-year-old former Dixon High student is in custody with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder after bringing a gun to the school this morning.

The man shot at school resource officer Mark Dallas, who returned fire around 8 a.m., Sheriff John Simonton said.

The shooting happened in the gym, where seniors, whose last day of school was Friday, were gathered for graduation practice, City Administrator Danny Langloss said.

The officer was not injured, nor was anyone else, Langloss said.

Dixon Police believe that the suspect acted alone and that there is no further threat to the safety of students or staff.

Let the next-to-the-last sentence sink in: The officer was not injured, nor was anyone else. Except of course for the gunman, who will live to answer for his crime.

The incident occurred on Wednesday. The shooter has since been identified as Matthew Milby, 19, who, Chicago station WGN reports, is a student.

Matthew Milby (Image: Family photo via WGN)

Milby is facing three felony counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and is being held on $2 million bail. Additional charges may be filed.

Milby’s mother was interviewed by reporters, telling them her son was a victim of bullying at school and had been “very very sad for a long time.” She added that she didn’t know where her son got the gun he used, emphasizing that she does not keep guns in her home.

Before signing off, I would be remiss if I didn’t invite readers to guess how many network and cable news outlets carried the story.

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Ben Bowles

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