Sheriff’s officials say a woman celebrating the Fourth of July fired a gun into Diamond Lake near Mundelein and thought the sound of fireworks would mask the gunfire.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 10 p.m. Monday to the 19300 block of West Forest Lane in unincorporated Mundelein for a call of shots fired.
A 911 caller reported that a woman was shooting toward an occupied boat on Diamond Lake from the dock, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
Deputies learned the victim and five passengers on his boat were on Diamond Lake.
It was learned that the suspect, later identified as Kristy A. Shibli, 46, of Mundelein, shot several rounds toward the boat, Covelli said. Nobody was struck by the gunfire.
Covelli said it was determined Shibli was firing into the lake for fun. “It appears she believed the sound of fireworks being set off in the area would mask the sound of her gunfire.”
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Daly said Shibli, who was standing on a pier, stopped firing her gun when someone yelled at her to stop shooting.
Shibli was arrested and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the charge of reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Shibli held on a $50,000 bond.
Shibli’s gun was seized and notification is being made to the Illinois State Police about the incident.
The state police will make a determination about the status of Shibli’s Firearm Owner’s Identification card and concealed carry license.
Just hours prior, the sheriff’s office responded to a separate shots fired call near Wauconda, recovered nine guns and arrested three suspects who fired shots in a residential area.
“Both of these instances involved incredibly reckless acts, and undoubtedly could have resulted in innocent people being shot. The offenders charged in these cases acted completely irresponsible and without any regard for the safety of others,” Lake County Sheriff John D. Idleburg said.
“I am grateful nobody was injured or killed, and I am proud of our deputies for swiftly locating and arresting the offenders in both cases,” Idleburg said.
Shibli is scheduled to appear in court again on July 14 for a status of attorney hearing.