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North Aurora woman shot

Man believed to be intended victim

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NORTH AURORA – Officers from the North Aurora Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the 200 block of Linn Court at about 7:33 a.m. May 14, according to a news release.

Upon arrival, officers were directed to a 56-year-old North Aurora woman who had been shot twice – in her ankle and foot, the release stated. Officers provided aid until North Aurora Fire Department paramedics arrived and transported her to an area hospital, according to the release, which stated she was later taken to a suburban Chicago area hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Nearby Schneider Elementary School was placed into soft lockdown, and officers were in contact with West Aurora School District 129 as a precaution. A soft lockdown means that students and staff are kept inside the building but school activities continue as normal.

Officers learned that a male subject approached another male outside, displayed a black handgun, and fired several shots at the male but missed and instead struck the woman, the release stated, noting the shooter fled northbound. He was not found during a search of the area.

Police believe the male was the intended target and this was not a random act, the release stated, adding that the North Aurora Police Department has increased patrols in the area, especially during school arrival and dismissal periods.

The case of aggravated battery with a firearm remains under investigation and anyone with information should call the Investigations Division at 630-897-8705, ext. 610. Anonymous tips may be left by calling 630-897-8705 and choosing option 3. Or one may call Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000 and receive a reward for information leading to a felony arrest.