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Man surrenders after barricade situation prompts Gurnee schools lockdown

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GURNEE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Zion man upset about his relationship with a woman stormed a home early Friday morning and fired off several shots from a revolver before barricading himself inside the home in a neighborhood near two schools.

Kendrick Augillard, 34, of the 4200 block of Barberry Lane, was taken into custody at approximately 10:15 a.m. Gurnee police were conferring with the Lake County States Attorney's Office on what criminal charges will be filed.

Augillard walked out of the house in the 4400 block of Raven Court after hearing a recording of his long time friend, Robert Foster, 34, of Beach Park, who Augillard had texted around 6:35 a.m. saying, "Sorry, sorry everyone."

"At first I thought it was someone who had the wrong number because he sent it to a couple of people," said Foster, who volunteered to go into the house, but police deemed that too dangerous. He called Augillard his best friend, but they had lost contact in the past year.

Gurnee Police Chief Kevin Woodside said Augillard went into the home and allegedly fired some shots off at another person inside. There were three people n the home, a woman and two small children."

"Just before 7 a.m. we got a call from a home in the 4400 block of Raven Court there was man in the house firing a gun," Woodside said. "The residents escaped and were evacuated from the scene."

He said no one was injured. Police sent a 911 alert call to neighbors to warn them to remain inside their homes and lock their doors.

Classes at Warren Township High School's O'Plaine Road campus were canceled for the day, and all Gurnee District 56 elementary schools were put on lockdown because of the barricade situation. Students and children at River Trail Grade School were moved to Viking Middle School during the ordeal.

Foster said his friend texted him: "I put the family in danger, I really love those kids, I can't believe I did that." Foster decided to go the scene because his friend "was being a little suicidal."

"He said he was going to commit suicide before the cops shot him," said Foster, who said he wasn't sure, but it sounded like he was having problems with a girlfriend.

Police had surrounded the home and an armored vehicle and SWAT team from the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System were on the scene with police negotiators.

At one point, police were going to put a protective vest on Foster and let him inside the home because Augillard was saying he would come out if his friend came inside, but police deemed it too dangerous. Then he said he would come out if he could see Foster, but police did not want anyone in the line of fire because the suspect had already fired off shots inside the house.

"Police had me make a recording saying I was out here and they played it for him. Shortly after that I got a text from him saying he was coming out and after that he came out," said Foster.

The two have known each other since the third grade.

Foster said Augillard had been working the front desk at the Gurnee Grand Hotel and Suites on Grand Avenue in Gurnee for a long time, but he wasn't sure if he continued to hold that job in the past year because they had lost contact.

"This isn't his character, it's not him," said Foster. "Normally when he gets mad he just storms off."

"He was the kind of guy who if you called him because you needed something he would give it to you," said Foster. "We always talked about stuff, normal problems, and we would talk and laugh it off."

"I really am surprised" about the whole situation, he said, adding that Augillard would have done the same for him, so he had to try and help his friend.

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