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The woman who died in a shooting in Morris, Illinois on Thursday has been identified and a teenager has been charged with murder.
Beverly A. Lambert, 25, of Shorewood, died in the incident, the Grandy County coroner’s office said Friday morning.
Lambert was taken to Morris Hospital following the shooting and was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m., the coroner’s office said.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
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Cortez Rice, 16, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the incident, Morris officials said Friday.
Beverly Lambert was shot twice in the back of the head as she picked up her 1-year-old baby from a caregiver at her apartment complex, authorities said.
She is currently being held at the River Valley Detention Centre in Joliet and will appear in court on Friday.
The suspect and the victim’s family are in court.
Grundy County State Attorney Jason Helland said Lambert was picking up her 1-year-old son, Jace, from guards at the apartment complex when he was shot twice in the back of the head.
“I think the shock value of what happened to a 25-year-old woman in Grandy County has a knock-on effect, not only affecting the victim’s family, but the entire community,” Holland said.
Helland said the teen then stole her car.
“In the history of the county, I’ve never heard of a Grandy County felon committing a murder at age 16. It just doesn’t happen here,” Holland added.
She then fled the scene, prompting a three-hour search by multiple police departments.
Police responded in the 500 block of Twilight Drive around 5:30 p.m. Thursday and asked people in the area to take shelter while searching for the shooter.
“One of the officers waved at us and said, ‘Stay there, he came down and said, ‘We have an active shooter. Stay inside,'” said Mike Ryerson, who lives nearby. “There has been an uptick in violence recently, which has been unusual for Morris.”
Police were able to track down the suspect thanks to license plate scanning technology installed at the entrance and exit of the community a month ago.
Police used flock camera technology to track down the suspect who left the Twilight Drive apartment complex about 4:30 p.m. from the scene of the shooting and entered another nearby community.