‘Juveniles need to know this is a serious game’: Williamson Co. sheriff speaks after series of drive-by shootings

The Williamson County sheriff is speaking out after a juvenile was one of five people arrested in connection with a series of drive-by shootings in southern Ill
Published: Jan. 12, 2023 at 12:10 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2023 at 2:51 AM CST
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MARION, Ill. (KFVS) - Five people face charges in connection with a series of drive-by shootings in southern Ill.

One of those suspects is a juvenile charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Diederich said juveniles who are unlawfully using firearms isn’t just a local issue, it’s an Illinois and the rest of the country problem as well.

Diederich said he supports the second amendment right, but juveniles committing criminal activity is not okay.

According to the sheriff, most of the weapons the juveniles get are stolen out of homes, vehicles or purchased on the streets.

Officers recovered four handguns during the arrests.

“This is criminal activity; this isn’t your law-abiding citizen. We have to curb this activity. Juveniles need to know that this is a serious game,” Diederich said. “I mean this is not something that’s okay and, eventually, if it continues somebody is going to be injured in a very significant manner and that will be life altering for the individual that fires those rounds.”

Diederich said he believes these drive-by shootings in Marion, Herrin and Carbondale were targeted based on relationships that these individuals had.

Sheriff Diederich also mentioned that in cases like these, depending on the age and type of crime, the prosecutor can charge the juvenile as an adult.

He said it is very likely in this case that the juvenile will be charged as an adult.