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Police respond to report of shots fired near Hendricks Center

This article was originally printed in the Feb. 11, 2019 issue of The Round Table. 

During the early hours of Saturday, Feb. 2, Beloit police responded to a report of shots fired near the Hendricks Center, a piece of downtown property owned by Beloit College.

“Early today we learned of a disturbing incident that took place in our local community last night,” Bruce Heine, Director of Safety and Security at Beloit College, said in an email via the college’s student alert system. “According to police, shots were fired in/near/around/by the Hendricks Center parking lot as patrons were leaving a local bar in downtown Beloit shortly after [2 a.m.] this morning.”

The Beloit Daily News elaborated on the incident. Several shots were fired in succession near the Royalty Lounge, a bar and night club located at 530 East Grand Avenue, across the street from the Hendricks Center.

More than 10 fired cartridge casings were recovered from the area. A witness reported hearing multiple gunshots and seeing sparks coming from a small four-door sedan exiting the Hendricks Center parking lot. Another witness reported seeing sparks coming from a truck or SUV before it departed the area near the Royalty Lounge.

“Fortunately, no one was injured, and no damage was reported,” Heine said. “Police are continuing to investigate the incident. At this point, there is no indication of any continued threat.”

Source: Beloit Daily News

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