Names released of juveniles charged in Auburn High School shooting

Both sides of Lapey Street were locked down while Rockford police pursued the vehicle suspected...
Both sides of Lapey Street were locked down while Rockford police pursued the vehicle suspected in the shooting.(Frances Juhl)
Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 1:49 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Nyreek Williams, 16 and Fraquon Wright, 17 are both charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm on school grounds. A juvenile male with related charges is also identified with the shooting.

According to the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s office, the victims of the shooting were sitting in a parked vehicle in the parking lot at Auburn High School.

Authorities say a tan Buick Lacrosse with Wisconsin license plates passed by the parked vehicle multiple times, stopping behind the victim’s vehicle where Nyreek Williams exited the Buick holding a handgun. A second suspect, Fraquon Wright, also exited the Buick holding a hand gun. Both Williams and Wright approached the victim’s vehicle and opened fire.

A 17-year-old female victim exited and was struck in the leg, while a 17-year-old male victim stayed in the vehicle being targeted and called 9-1-1.

Five spent 9mm casings were recovered at the scene.

Officers located the tan Buick Lacrosse traveling east in the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue and followed. Williams, Wright and the unnamed juvenile attempted to flee from officers on foot after crashing the vehicle in the 2900 block of Lapey Street.

Officers found the juvenile male in the area of 2900 Hanson Street without pants or shoes on. His clothing was located in the 2900 block of 11th Street.

A K9 assisted “track” was conducted to find Williams and Wright, who were found hiding in a garage in the 2900 block of Lapey Street.

Police recovered two handguns during the investigation.

The arrests come after a senseless shooting occurred in the parking lot at Auburn High School, Tuesday January 4, just after 1 p.m. Auburn students experienced a lockdown during the investigation, which was lifted over two hours later.

Rockford Police Chief Carla Redd confirms that the shooting investigation at Auburn High School involves two victims. One 17-year-old male and one 17-year-old female. Both victims have suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Reports have been coming in of a shooting investigation Tuesday afternoon at Auburn High School in Rockford, Ill.

Rockford Police Department confirmed the investigation on their twitter account around 1:40 p.m.

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