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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Lombard Man Charged With Reckless Discharge of a Firearm Near a School

Grayson, Daniel

The Village of Lombard’s Police Department has been working with DuPage County State Attorney’s Office to investigate the details of an incident that occurred in Lombard on Sept. 11, 2018.

The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office has announced charges in relation to this incident and has issued the following press release:

WHEATON – DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton announced today a Lombard man has been charged with firing a gun near a school while parents were waiting to pick up their children after school. Daniel Grayson, 41 (d.o.b. 7/1/1977) of 21 West Ash Street, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge George Bakalis set bond at $20,000 with 10% to apply. Grayson has been charged with one count of Reckless Discharge of a Firearm and one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Both charges are a Class 4 Felony.

On September 11, 2018, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Lombard officers were dispatched for a shots fired call at 111 West Ash Street as a result of a 9-1-1 call made from a resident who allegedly witnessed the defendant shooting into the ground. Upon their arrival, officers spoke to witnesses and recovered a shell casing. Through the course of their investigation, detectives were given a description of the suspect by the 9-1-1 caller. Detectives also spoke to parents who had allegedly heard the shot while they were waiting to pick up their children from nearby St. John’s Lutheran School, which is approximately 350 feet away from where the gun was allegedly discharged. Grayson was located a short time later nearby. It is alleged that Grayson shot a single round into the ground after he gave two men $50 for marijuana and grew upset when the men took his money but failed to return with the marijuana.

“The allegations against Mr. Grayson are simply shocking,” Berlin said. “With school safety at the top of everyone’s list of priorities, there is absolutely no reason that anyone should be anywhere near a school if they are in possession of a weapon. Thankfully no one was injured as a result of Mr. Grayson’s alleged actions. I would like to thank the Lombard Police Department for their quick identification and apprehension of the suspect in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Johnston for her efforts in securing today’s charges against Mr. Grayson.”

“On a day where we are all reminded about the safety of our nation, it is indeed disheartening to see an individual allegedly make a decision that could potentially put the lives of teachers, parents and their children in at risk,” Newton said.

Grayson’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 3, 2018, for arraignment in front of Judge Bakalis.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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