UPDATE: Illinois State Police say 19-year-old Matt Milby has been charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, which are Class X felonies. Milby’s bond has been set at $2 million. 

Milby is a former student of Dixon High School. He was shot by Dixon Police Officer, Mark Dallas, after he opened fire in the high school around 8a.m. Wednesday morning. 

The Dixon High School community came together Wednesday evening at Reagan Middle School, hoping to lean on each other for support, and make sense of the horrific incident. But unfortunately, this isn’t the first school shooting in the U.S. this yea, and these situations have quickly become every high school community’s worst nightmare.

“You never think it’s going to happen in your town,” said Kelly Shroyer, who brought service dogs to comfort students at Wednesday night’s meeting. 

Graduation is right around the corner for Jenna Cibu, an 8th grader at Reagan Middle School. But now she says in light of everything going on, high school makes her nervous. 

“It has gone through my mind a couple times on it happening here and me being scared about that, but I never actually thought it would happen,” said Cibu. 

While parents are still reeling from the events of Wednesday morning, they say they’re grateful for those who keep their kids safe. 

“Everything was under control. They did a fabulous job as far as I’m concerned,” said parent Kristine Vanquathem.  

Especially one hero in particular, Dixon Police Officer Mark Dallas, who risked his life to save hundreds of others. 

“He went above and beyond today,” said Lee County Sheriff, John Simonton. “He really put his life in danger and to save all the students and faculty in that school it was remarkable.”

The tight-knit community gathered Wednesday night, hoping to remind their neighbors that they’re facing this together. 

“I guess 20 years ago, I never thought I’d be standing in this position talking about a school shooting,” said Shroyer, who is also a Dixon native and graduated from the high school.

And while it will take time to recover, they’re just glad horror didn’t turn into tragedy.  

There is no school tomorrow for Dixon High Schoolers on Thursday.

Graduation is still scheduled for this Sunday. 

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