PEORIA (HOI) – Six juveniles were arrested following an altercation where a gun fell to the ground outside of Richwoods High School on Wednesday.
One person involved in the fight was immediately detained and additional information was received that led to three more people detained who had involvement with possession of the gun, according to police spokesperson Amy Dotson.
The four – two 15-year-old males and two 16-year-old males – were arrested for not having a valid FOID card, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.
One of the 15-year-old males was also arrested for battery. On Thursday, Peoria police arrested a 16-year-old male and 15-year-old female for battery.
The males arrested were taken to the juvenile detention center and the female was released to guardians.
One of the 16-year-olds involved was in court Thursday accompanied by his teary-eyed mother, Tiffany McKee, who said her son picked up the gun to make sure no one got hurt.
“He saw a fight and he was trying to break it up,” she said.
“I’m like ‘why did you pick it up?’ and [my son] said ‘Mom I didn’t want to see anyone hurt.’ I said [to him] I understand what you did but you should’ve given it to an adult.”
The gun in question, that the judge said is a 9mm, has not been located. Mckee said it has not been found because her son, who she said was not involved in the initial altercation, gave it to another student before the group scattered.
Mckee cautioned other children about getting involved in fights.
“Kids if you do a fight I would say go get an adult you know my son he tried to stop it, he did pick up the gun to try to remove it from the fight but he got arrested for it,” Mckee said. “So if you see something going on, if you do see a gun I’d say just go get an adult, don’t touch it leave it there because you will be a part of it.”
According to Dotson police searched in two locations for the weapon.
McKee’s son was released to her custody under electronic monitoring and has been suspended from Richwoods for two weeks.
Peoria Public Schools will not comment because they said it involves minors. They will not even confirm if everyone involved are students.
Police are asking for information on the location of the gun. Anyone with information is asked to call Peoria police immediately at 309-673-4521 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at 309-673-9000.