An “armed male subject” made his way on the Dixon High School campus Wednesday morning. According to reports, he opened fire near the gym, where seniors were gathering for graduation rehearsal. An armed school resource officer reported the incident and took immediate action. He confronted the shooter, who tried to run away and opened fire at the officer. The officer chased him and fired back, hitting him. The suspect was wounded, but it wasn’t a life-threatening injury. Still, the officer eliminated the immediate threat.
The gunman has been identified as 19-year-old Matthew A. Milby. He’s been described as a troubled student who was kicked off the football team for smoking pot.
His mother, Julie, said she had no idea where her son got the gun he used in the shooting.
She told CBS Chicago he had been bullied, adding: ‘What was hurtful was and what this all led to was ostracization.
‘I just know that the kid’s been real sad for a long time.’
Children stole from him, she said, explaining: ‘His kindness got taken for weakness and he kind of got thrown under the bus.’
But she also added he was on the school football and track teams and was set to graduate on Sunday.
He was kicked off the football team, however, for ‘smoking pot’, she said.
Sorry, but that’s still no excuse for opening fire at school and threatening the lives of other students.
Police records show he was arrested for trespassing on a railroad property and had been charged for marijuana possession.
Julie, whose home was searched by ATF agents, also said she was thankful that Dallas did not kill her son.
She said, as reported by ABC7: ‘Well, my kid is laying up at the hospital shot. Thank god they didn’t kill him, that’s a blessing. Thank god he didn’t kill anyone else.’
All that aside, the true hero is Officer Mark Dallas. He saved countless lives.
Today, we should all be very thankful to school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a dangerous situation at Dixon High School.
— Governor Rauner (@GovRauner) May 16, 2018
Another example of the brave work performed by law enforcement each and every day. Lives were saved thanks to the heroic actions of school resource officer Mark Dallas. #PoliceWeek https://t.co/RNPuJTX6sF
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 17, 2018
There’s no telling how many lives Officer Mark Dallas saved after a former student opened fire during graduation rehearsal. The newspaper is right—Officer Dallas is a hero! I’m grateful to God that the evil intended did not take place. #NationalPoliceWeek https://t.co/zzKOX0trli
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) May 17, 2018
HERO! Officer Mark Dallas stopped the high school shooter today in Dixon, Illinois. He shot the 19-year-old former student shortly after 8 AM, protecting students and staff who had gathered for a graduation rehearsal. https://t.co/DjnfxzYDj7 pic.twitter.com/r0aTyxdeUm
— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) May 16, 2018
Today was a very difficult day for Dixon.
We want to thank everyone for their outpouring support for Officer Mark Dallas, our agency, @dukesduchesses students and staff, and the City of Dixon.
— Dixon Police (@DixonPolice) May 16, 2018
Thank you, @markmadallas161, for your bravery, selflessness, and commitment!
"Today, we should all be very thankful to school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a dangerous situation at Dixon High School." -Gov. @BruceRauner pic.twitter.com/RoA0B7fZaD
— NRA (@NRA) May 17, 2018
Such bravery. He’s a hero indeed!
h/t Daily Mail