Lockdown Lifted at Schools in Richton Park, Chicago after Shooting, Stabbing

The lockdown for schools in Richton Park was lifted after about an hour Thursday (March 15) morning after a shooting and stabbing took place near Rich South High School. Police have the suspects in custody and say everyone involved knew each other.

Schools in Richton Park, a suburb 35 miles south of Chicago, were put in lockdown Thursday morning after Richton Park Police responded to a shooting and stabbing that took place about a half mile from Rich South High School.

When police arrived at the scene near Saratoga Road and Latonia Lane at around 7:30 a.m., they found a shooting and stabbing victim. The shooter already fled. As a precautionary measure, police put local schools on lockdown. That lockdown was lifted at 9:00 a.m.

Police say all of the suspects are in custody and that everyone involved in the incident knew each other. They also assured the public that there is no additional threat to the community.

Officials at Rich Township High School District 227 and Chicago area news outlets initially reported that the shooting took place at a McDonald’s across the street from Rich South High School, but police later said it happened at Latonia and Saratoga.

The incident is currently under investigation.