A 22-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for criminal recklessness after firing several shots near Tri-North Middle School as students were about to load onto buses, according to the Bloomington Police Department. Tri-North was then put on lockdown for 30 minutes until police declared the area was safe.
The 22-year-old man told police his romantic partner of 4 years called him and accused him of cheating as he was arrived at an address in the 1600 block of North Willis. He told police the woman had a metal rod, which he believe she would use to vandalize his blue Chevy Cobalt, so he pulled out a handgun and fired several rounds in her direction.
Police investigating in the vicinity of 1400 North Willis, the location of Western Skateland, which is directly across the street from Tri-North Middle School, found three spent 9mm shell casings. Investigators noted the location of the casings makes it appear the suspect was in a moving vehicle when firing the shots. Police recovered a Glock 19 handgun from the shooting suspect, who is being charged with criminal recklessness, a level 5 felony, and was placed under arrest.
The shooting occurred just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Students were just about to be released from Tri-North, and buses were lined up and parents were waiting to pick up their kids.
There were no injuries from the incident.