Montgomery trustees want input on shooting incident
By Judy Pochel For Sun-Times Media February 25, 2014 9:20AM
Police are investigating shots that were fired on Frances Lane in Montgomery Tuesday morning. | Erika Wurst~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 27, 2014 6:27AM
Trustees in the village of Montgomery said they want to have a public meeting to discuss a recent shooting incident in the village that has many residents asking questions.
“I want this on the March 10 agenda, the shooting incident. I want to ask the village attorney to tell us the options including home rule to help solve this capital improvement funding problem and if it allows us more authority to regulate renters,” said Trustee Steve Jungermann.
He was referring to the shooting in the village just before 8 a.m. Feb. 13 at a home in the 2800 block of Frances Lane in the Lakewood Creek West subdivision. No one was injured during the incident.
Two juveniles and an 18-year-old Boulder Hill man have been charged in the incident.
A 17-year-old Aurora teen has been charged with two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. A 17-year-old Boulder Hill teen was charged with unlawful contact with a gang member, and for having a juvenile probation violation warrant out for his arrest. He was taken to the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles.
A third man, 18-year-old Saul Muro, 0-99 block of Durango Drive in Boulder Hill, is also facing weapons charges. Muro was charged with two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.
The men were taken into custody the morning of the shooting. The suspects were involved in a crash near Routes 31 and 30, Montgomery Police Chief Daniel Meyers said.
The circumstances surrounding that incident have caused some residents to question authorities, asking what they can do to keep their village safe. The police department held a community meeting last week that drew more than 100 residents of nearby neighborhoods to discuss the issue.
Police Chief Dan Meyers told residents to remain vigilant in their reporting of suspicious incidents and not to be afraid to call police and report suspicious activity.
Just a week after the shooting a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the same home targeted in the initial shooting, according to Montgomery police.
Jungermann said the best way to deal with the issue it to get community input.
“There will be a lot of people here March 10 to speak,” he said.