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A 16-year-old Morris boy has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder after shooting a Shorewood woman twice in the back of the head, Assistant District Attorney Russel Baker said.
Cortez Rice is accused of shooting Beverly A. Lambert, 25, of Shorewood on Thursday afternoon as she picked up her 22-month-old baby from kindergarten.
Grundy County Coroner John Callahan said Lambert was taken to Morris Hospital and pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m.
Baker said Rice was looking to go to Walmart on Thursday afternoon. He knocked on the door of a neighbor who threatened him with her bulldog to get him out of her house.
Lambert came to pick up her son, left her car running to keep it cool and, as she walked to the door of the nursery, was shot twice in the back of the neck with a 9mm pistol, according to court testimony . .
The babysitter locked herself with the children inside the house until the police arrived.
At around 4:25 p.m. Thursday, Morris police were notified of a shooting in the 500 block of Twilight Drive, said Stan Knudson, Morris’s public information officer.
The Morris Police Department, along with surrounding law enforcement, were able to locate the suspect using license plate inspection cameras, Knudson said.
Grundy County Sheriff Ken Briley advised people to take shelter near the 2400 block of Twilight Drive on Thursday afternoon due to reports of an active gunman, but the recommendation was rescinded around 7 p.m. .
Rice escaped in Lambert’s vehicle and, using flock camera technology, police were able to arrest him in Joliet, Grundy County District Attorney Jason Helland said.
“Sheriff’s Deputies located the suspect last night,” said Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Dan Jungles. “He was driving the vehicle he stole from the victim. When the police attempted to arrest him at a traffic stop, he fled on foot. A short foot chase began and was later stopped.
“A firearm was found in the path he was walking in. The vehicle and the 16-year-old suspect were returned to Morris.”
Rice, who is 16, will be tried as an adult and faces up to 40 years in prison. He is being held at the River Valley Detention Center in Joliet. His bail was set at $5 million.
Sue Rezin, Vice President of the Illinois Senate, responded to the incident:
“First of all, I would like to send my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the young woman who lost her life in yesterday’s horrific crime. Unfortunately, although Morris is known to be a safe community, the crimes Violence has increased across the state and, sadly, we have seen violence spread to communities like Morris.
“Fortunately, the people of our community are being served by brave men and women who responded quickly and professionally to yesterday’s incident. However, it is imperative that we do more to assist law enforcement in the entire state to address the growing violence. We must provide them with all the necessary resources, including real consequences, to deter people from committing violent crimes.”