Riverside police were kept busy last week with reports of juveniles shooting at buildings, pedestrians and even family members — accidentally and on purpose — with BB guns.
An 11-year-old Riverside girl suffered a minor head wound on Jan. 20 after her 9-year-old brother reportedly shot her in the forehead accidentally with a BB rifle.
According to police, the BB lodged in the girl’s scalp near her hairline and the wound was bleeding heavily when a police sergeant was flagged down outside the victim’s home in the 100 block of Kimbark Road about 4:35 p.m. by a friend of the victim.
Paramedics took the girl to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment. She was released from the hospital later that evening, according to police.
Police subsequently learned that the two children were at home alone when the incident happened. The boy reportedly told police he did not know the pump-action BB gun was loaded when he pointed it at his sister and pulled the trigger.
The children’s mother was out running errands at the time of the incident, police said, and joined her daughter at the hospital after being reached by police.
Weitzel said police confiscated the BB gun and contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), which opened its own investigation.
On Jan. 23 and 24, Riverside officers responded to a pair of unconnected BB gun-related incidents. No one was injured in either incident, but both involved a number of juveniles purposely shooting BBs at buildings and pedestrians, according to police.
Police were called to an area near the Swinging Bridge on Jan. 23 about 3:50 p.m. after someone reported two teenage boys, both of Riverside, firing a pellet pistol from the south side of the river at the back of the municipal and township buildings along Riverside Road and at the Riverside Public Library.
Because the boys were firing the gun from the south side of the river, the investigation was handled by Cook County Forest Preserve District police, who gave the two warnings and turned them over to their parents. No property was reported damaged.
On the night of Jan. 24, police responded to a home in the 200 block of Millbridge Road after a pedestrian flagged down a police officer to report that someone was firing plastic BBs.
According to police, the pedestrians reported hearing BBs whizzing by their heads and seeing them strike the ground around them. Officers concluded that the guns were fired from the second-floor window of a house on Millbridge Road. Inside a bedroom, police reported recovering two Airsoft pistols and a replica pump shotgun along with a plastic bag full of plastic BBs.
The three juveniles who allegedly fired the guns were petitioned to Cook County Juvenile Court, charged with disorderly conduct. Four others were cited for disorderly conduct under the village ordinance.