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Boulder Hill Drive-By Shooting Shocks Neighbors

No one injured; Kendall County Sheriff's Office looking for dark-colored minivan.

Updated at 11:15 a.m.

The Kendall County Sheriff's Office is investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred at about 1:35 p.m. Wednesday in the first block of Circle Drive East in Boulder Hill.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Craig French said three shots were fired, and both the home and a vehicle were hit. The home was occupied at the time, but French said no one was injured.

French described the vehicle as a "dark-colored mini-van." French also said the residential neighborhood is not known for drug or gang activity and that it's been years to his recollection since such an incident has occurred in Boulder Hill.

Neighbors along that block backed him up. Thelma Weeks said she has lived in the neighborhood for 49 years and has never seen anything like what happened Wednesday.

"I heard shots, but I didn't see anything," she said. "It sounded to me like someone trying to separate two metal things with a sledgehammer."

Weeks said police blocked off Circle Drive East from Wyndham Drive to Marnel Road while investigating the shooting.

Darrell Rittierodt said he heard "four or five shots" and saw the police arrive and barricade the road. He didn't see anything else, he said.

Rittierodt has lived on that block for 25 years, he said, and like Weeks, he's never seen or heard a shooting there before.

"It's the first time ever," he said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Kathy March 07, 2011 at 11:04 PM
It's not just in Boulder Hill. We had some "suspicious activity" on my street and I spoke to the Police Dept. about what I saw. They were appreciative that I came forward with the information and asked me to let them know if/when I see the individuals or vehicles that appear to give me concern (within reason), I am to contact them. After speaking with the officer, we saw an increased police presence in our neighborhood for awhile. The police cannot be everywhere at all times -- if the people in the neighborhoods don't open their eyes, get involved and speak up, this "garbage" will just continue to take over and things won't change.
G'sMom March 08, 2011 at 02:24 AM
Julie, my neighbors and I have talked to the Kendall County officers when I had problems in my neighborhood. Unfortunately it didn't help. They promised more patrols and we never saw them. They told us they had a warrant on someone in the house but couldn't take him in because no one would answer the door. Who knew you could avoid getting arrested by just never answering the door.
Matt March 08, 2011 at 02:32 PM
I just moved back to Boulder Hill after being gone for 4 years. It has changed and not for the better. I am moving out and will not look back. Boulder Hill used to be such a nice place to live. There's a family on the street where the Grandma has her grandchildren living with her because their Mom don't want the trouble they bring. One of the boys has died from a drug overdose and these kids glorify it. The other grandson is going to prison and keeps threatening another boy who he says told on him. I have an idea - - don't do it and there's nothing for anyone to tell. I'm glad I'm a renter - - I'm outta here.
DBHS March 08, 2011 at 05:27 PM
This is certainly scary beyond words. Nobody wants to read about a drive-by shooting on their street or even in their own neighborhood for that matter. I'm glad that nobody was hurt in the shooting, and hopefully this will spur the Montgomery police to up their patrols of Boulder Hill. As a community we have to come together and not only report suspicious activity, but identify the cause. Whether it's drugs, alcohol, or gangs there is a root to the problem. It could be as simple as teens with too much idle time on their hands have turned to bad behavior to entertain themselves. I have lived in Boulder Hill for about a year and a half now, and my experience here has been wonderful thus far. My neighbors have been absolutely amazing and made us feel welcome from the moment we moved in. From the majority of posts it sounds like we have a group of good people concerned about the state of our neighborhood, but harping on about how the neighborhood has "gone down-hill" isn't going to get us anywhere. If anything your only helping to scare away more good people who are current or potential residents that might be skimming these posts. @Diane: It's unfortunate that your initial attempts to welcome your neighbors fell on deaf hears. I would suggest that you persist showing them your goodwill and friendly waves. The best thing you can do is always show your welcoming smile and perhaps one day they will return your friendship.
Matt March 27, 2011 at 04:30 AM
I've lived in Boulder Hill for over 5 years. Conditions seem to depend on the exact street. I've come home to Homeland Security sealing off a house on the street for possible terrorist activity. The homeowner had a fire, caused by gro-lights supporting 50 marijuana plants. The firemen notified the police who found chemicals and Islamic literature. He talked his way out of the entire situation and had the house rehabbed. Now he runs it as a boarding house for people responding to cardboard signs he leaves on telephone poles on Rt. 25. He’s actually one of the nicest people on the street. There are several kind elderly people on the street who keep to themselves, and a family who tried to sell only to have the homeowner across the street (a convicted drug dealer) ferociously rev up his commercial racing car whenever there was a showing. Three years later and they are just stuck here. Then there's the two guys running automotive repair businesses out of their garages. Cash sales, no insurance, no EPA compliant handling of prestone and oil. Then there's the house where 2 sheriff's cars out in front is unbelievably common. All on the same street. Why doesn't Boulder Hill become part of the Village of Oswego? When an investor on the next street was roofing a house at 6AM waking up the neighborhood, the responding sheriff said he couldn’t do anything because Boulder Hill has no rules. We pay enough taxes to live as part of a standard town with reasonable rules.

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