Rickey Hines, 31, of Zion, (inset) was arrested inside the Zion-Benton Public Library in Zion on Tuesday and charged with shooting someone in the 2200 block of Gilead Avenue. | Background Photo: Google Street View

Police officers arrested an armed man who shot another man in Zion Tuesday morning and then tried escaping from police by hiding in a library nearby, authorities said.

The Zion Police Department responded around 11:25 a.m. Tuesday to the 2200 block of Gilead Avenue for multiple 911 calls of shots fired.

Officers arriving on the scene located a 44-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg, according to Zion Police Department Lt. Christopher Sweeting.

Officers immediately assisted with first aid to prevent blood loss prior to paramedics arriving, Sweeting said.

The victim’s injury is not considered to be life-threatening and no one else was injured.

Multiple shell casings were located at the scene. Additional police officers began searching the area for the offender.

Witnesses told police that one of the offenders was in the area of the Zion-Benton Public Library, 2400 Gabriel Avenue, and may have gone inside the building.

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Officers entered the library to ensure the safety of the staff and patrons and to check for the alleged offender, Sweeting said. The library was put on a temporary lockdown procedure.

Officers located Rickey Hines, 31, Zion, in the bathroom of the library and also found a handgun. Hines was taken into custody without incident.

Hines was charged with four counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated battery with a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

He appeared in bond court before a judge on Wednesday and was ordered held on a $100,000 bond.

The shooting remains under investigation, Sweeting said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Zion Police Department at 847-746-4110 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222.

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