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Man charged in Round Lake Beach shooting

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  • Dustin S. Neal

    Dustin S. Neal


A 20-year-old man is held in Lake County jail after being charged with a Monday night shooting in Round Lake Beach that wounded one man.

Dustin S. Neal, of Round Lake Beach, is held in lieu of $500,000 bail after being charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, authorities said Wednesday.

Neal was arrested at the home of an acquaintance in Fox River Grove early Wednesday morning, Round Lake Beach Police Lt. Rich Chiarello said.

If found guilty of the class X felony charge, Neal could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison.

He was also charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. If found guilty of any of those charges, Neal could be jailed for up to 15 years.

The shooting remains under investigation and additional charges may be filed, authorities said.

Chiarello said officers responded to the area of Fairfield and Mayfield roads in Round Lake Beach about 8:12 p.m. Monday and found a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg.

Witnesses at the scene described Neal as the gunman, Chiarello said, and police learned he was staying at an acquaintance's house in Fox River Grove.

Neal was captured through a coordinated effort between the Round Lake Beach Police, the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force, Fox River Grove Police, and the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Chiarello said,

"It was truly a remarkable effort to make this arrest in such short order," he said. "Thank you to all of the citizens and law enforcement that were involved in bringing this event to an immediate resolution."

Neal is due back in court for a status of attorney hearing on Aug. 5, officials said.

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