Lake County, IL Alert: ‘Senior Assassins’ with Masks Leads to Close Call with Concealed Carry Patron at Restaurant 


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Gurnee, IL – Tensions rose at a Gurnee restaurant when a game of “Senior Assassins” involving high school students donning masks and wielding water guns closely resembled a real threat, particularly to a diner with a concealed firearm. 

Gurnee Police Department has addressed the incident Wednesday morning, underscoring the serious risks associated with the game’s recent escalation. Yesterday’s event has brought to light the potential for misunderstanding, as a concealed carry holder could have perceived the situation as a life-threatening one.

The department has cautioned about the game, where students attempt to “tag” each other using water guns for a tournament-style showdown, often surprising their peers in public spaces. Adding ski masks to their disguises has only increased the danger of such activities. Officials have urged students and the community at large to reevaluate their participation in games that mimic violent scenarios, to prevent panic and possible legal consequences.

In the wake of the scare, local authorities are calling for a community-wide reflection on safety and the implications of actions that can be misconstrued as threats. Gurnee Police Department’s statement serves as a stark reminder of the thin line between innocent play and public endangerment. They continue to foster community engagement, reminding everyone to stay observant and to report any behavior that could pose a threat to community safety.


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