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3 People injured in overnight shooting in Freeport, suspect in custody

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Freeport officers have a suspect in custody after an early morning shooting.

Police arrested 21 year old Laquan Phillips at the scene around 1:30 Saturday morning in the 300 block of Prospect Terrace. Officers were actually there before the crime happened. Neighbors nearby say this kind of activity is normal throughout the city.

"It does happen in the streets of Freeport just like it does anywhere else." -says Sheila Fane, who has lived in the neighborhood around four years.

Three-year resident Shirley Adams says, "Not only in this area it happens all the time in Freeport."

Investigators say a fight started prior to the shooting which officers were breaking up when they saw a man, presumed to be Phillips back up from the altercation, take out a gun, and fire shots into the crowd. Police say three people were hit in the shooting, but none of their injuries are life threatening.

"It makes me definitely try to be extra cautious now about walking around on the streets, because there's always a lot of kids, in groups." -says Adams.

Kids with idle time, who Shirley Adams thinks turn to violence and end up pulling the triggers in these situations. A tragedy she and Sheila Fane say the city should be looking into.

"Instead of waiting until something happens, the police should be more involved and see what's going on inside of these kids' heads before the problem occurs." -Adams says.

"I think it's up to the city of Freeport to help these young kids who are doing all of this shooting instead of finding something to do with themselves." -adds Fane.

Fane recommends after-school activities or sports. Both agree nothing will get fixed until a change is made.

"It's not going to stop. Wishing won't make it stop, action will make it stop, being involved is going to make it stop." -explains Adams.

Police are also investigating a shooting in the 1100 block of South Oak Avenue in Freeport which they say could be in retaliation to the Prospect Terrace shooting.

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