Active shooter in Carbondale shot by police

Active shooter in Carbondale shot by police

CARBONDALE — A Carbondale police officer shot and wounded a man who was seen firing into a crowd on a city street early Saturday.

A release on the web site for the Carbondale Police department said the shooting happened about 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of West Main Street, which is in the business district north of the Southern Illinois University campus.

An officer was doing a check at a restaurant in that block when the officer heard what was believed to be gunshots. The officer saw a man firing a gun in the direction of a large crowd of people.

"In response to the active shooter and to protect the public from possible injury, the officer engaged the suspect, firing and wounding him."

"While awaiting an ambulance, Carbondale police officers performed life-saving medical procedures on the suspect. He was flown to a St. Louis area hospital to receive emergency medical treatment. The identity of the shooting suspect is not being released at this time," the release said.

Illinois State Police are investigating.

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Berto71 wrote on October 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Interesting what information the News-Gazette chose to omit from this story. According to 

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/2017/10/21/isp-investigating-carbondale-pd-off...

"Officers saw a black man firing a gun in the direction of a large crowd".

IlliniGirl5 wrote on October 22, 2017 at 12:10 am

So what are you saying? That it needs specifically pointed out that a black man is involved in another violent crime? That a police officer followed instincts and training to execute their job and save lives? Or suggesting that since the shooter was a black male the police officer should have waited to consider all alternatives before using his weapon without regard to other loss of life?

What I felt was omitted from the article was information on any victims. The article states an active shooter was firing into a crowd. What kind of crowd? Was there some kind of a function going on? Was anyone hit? No information on possible victims. 

But let’s focus on the fact that the shooter was black. Not because he is at large and the description was missing, but because even though this shooting blatantly calls for immediate action you feel the need to focus on race in every situation. That’s contributing to the race issue. 

I’m not denying that there is a problem with black people being unfairly targeted. My issue is when someone takes an obvious situation (active shooter) and turns it into a race issue. 

I teach my children that skin color is no different than hair or eye color. It’s simply amounts of pigmentation. Therefore if you feel a description is needed in every situation then I want to see brown haired, white male, heavyset in mid twenties listed as a description too. 

IlliniGirl5 wrote on October 22, 2017 at 12:10 am

So what are you saying? That it needs specifically pointed out that a black man is involved in another violent crime? That a police officer followed instincts and training to execute their job and save lives? Or suggesting that since the shooter was a black male the police officer should have waited to consider all alternatives before using his weapon without regard to other loss of life?

What I felt was omitted from the article was information on any victims. The article states an active shooter was firing into a crowd. What kind of crowd? Was there some kind of a function going on? Was anyone hit? No information on possible victims. 

But let’s focus on the fact that the shooter was black. Not because he is at large and the description was missing, but because even though this shooting blatantly calls for immediate action you feel the need to focus on race in every situation. That’s contributing to the race issue. 

I’m not denying that there is a problem with black people being unfairly targeted. My issue is when someone takes an obvious situation (active shooter) and turns it into a race issue. 

I teach my children that skin color is no different than hair or eye color. It’s simply amounts of pigmentation. Therefore if you feel a description is needed in every situation then I want to see brown haired, white male, heavyset in mid twenties listed as a description too.