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Beloit shooting leaves one dead, one injured

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Gazette Staff
November 25, 2009
— Merrill Elementary School in Beloit was locked down Tuesday after a shooting victim crashed his car into the parking lot.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 12:57 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Porter Avenue and Randall Street. Seconds later, there was a report of a vehicle involved in a parking lot crash near Porter and Copeland Avenue, according to a police news release.


Officers found Derick Kimber, 22, Beloit, dead inside the car along with a Chicago man who also was injured.


Kimber died from gunshot wounds, said Police Capt. William Tyler.


Tyler said the incident started among a group of people standing on a corner. He said a suspect chased and shot at Kimber while he was driving. The accident in the parking lot took place soon afterward.


The school was immediately locked down. The lockdown was lifted, and teachers and students were allowed to go home after school.


Police were still looking for at least one suspect Tuesday afternoon.


This is the fifth homicide in Beloit this year.



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