File Photo | Credit: Zion Police Department

Police say they arrested two juveniles after a 14-year-old boy fired several shots from a handgun that a 15-year-old boy handed off to him in Zion.

The Zion Police Department responded around 4:06 p.m. on July 26 to the 3000 block of Gilboa Avenue for a report of gunfire.

Witnesses reported seeing two males running away from the alleyway where the gunfire was heard, according to Zion Police Department Lt. Derek Zaloudek.

The witnesses provided a description of the suspects to 911 dispatchers.

Officers entered the area and immediately detained one of the males, a 14-year-old, in the 2200 block of 31st Street.

A second 15-year-old boy was detained on the front porch of a residence in the 3000 block of Gideon Avenue.

Zaloudek said a neighborhood canvass produced home security surveillance that showed the incident.

The 15-year-old suspect was seen producing a handgun from his waistband and giving it to the 14-year-old boy.

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The 14-year-old fired the handgun several times into a detached garage in the 3000 block of Gideon Avenue before returning the gun to the 15-year-old boy, Zaloudek said.

Both juveniles fled the area before being captured. Shell casings were located and collected.

Both juveniles were arrested and transported to the Zion Police Department.

The 15-year-old boy was charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

The 14-year-old was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm.

The charges were referred to the Robert W. Depke Juvenile Complex Center, Zaloudek said.

“The Zion Police Department thanks members of the public for reporting suspicious circumstances that oftentimes lead to arrests and/or the removal of firearms from those that should not possess or are prohibited from possessing them,” Zaloudek said.

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