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Police investigate firearm incident on school property

Police are trying to learn how a shot was fired on school property. Police are trying to learn how a shot was fired on school property.
The volunteer staff member has since resigned. The volunteer staff member has since resigned.
The police investigation continues. The police investigation continues.
DONGOLA, IL (KFVS) -

A police investigation underway in Dongola is trying to learn how a shot was fired on school property.

The alleged incident took place Monday around 3:45 p.m. on a narrow gravel drive between the Dongola School baseball field and parking lot.

School Superintendent Dr. Janet Gladu tells Heartland News a volunteer staff member was working on the baseball field when the incident occurred. The unnamed volunteer apparently had a firearm in his vehicle from hunting earlier in the day when the firearm somehow discharged.

Dr. Gladu says Monday was an early dismissal day for Dongola students and no students were in the area or at school. No one was hurt, and no property was damaged.

Gladu stresses the incident was not a case of school violence.

In Illinois, it is illegal to possess a firearm within 1,000 feet of school property. It is a class 2 felony.

The volunteer staff member has since resigned from his duties and a police investigation continues.

Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds says he'll make a determination whether or not charges will be filed when that investigation is complete.

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