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Shots fired prompts sign


FOOSLAND, Ill. (WCIA) --People are on edge in a small town after shots were fired nearby.

Police say the man accused fired shots at a home in Foosland. It was on sixth street. 23-year old Sheldon Gross of Rantoul is behind bars for the crime.

After it happened someone even took pen to paper about the problem. 

"It's too close and I don't like it in a small town." 

Foosland isn't known for it's population size. It's got a grain elevator, a post office and for the most part less than a hundred law abiding citizens.

"Nothing like this that i know of has ever happened since I've been here."  

John Koopman lives across the street from where shots were fired at a home on sixth street.

"Essentially a narcotics transaction we're not going to get into a lot of details but it was over a purchase price of the actual narcotics." 

And it didn't take long for someone to start talking.  23-year old Sheldon Gross of Rantoul was arrested Wednesday night.

"When you're in a tight knit community that definitely helps us in our investigations when you're in a small community like Foosland everybody knows where everybody lives and knows everything about everybody." 

After the shooting someone in town posted this sign at the post office. Koopman says he wants to keep the town the way it's always been.

"I say be good, it's a small town lets all get together and get along." 

The sign at the post office has since been taken down. It was posted inside the building -- but no one there when we stopped by to ask about it. Since this was over a drug transaction police say the investigation is still open.

Gross is charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. He made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon. 
 


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