A U.S. soldier has been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of first-degree murder.
Three people were killed and three others were injured when a Florida soldier was shot dead in a bowling alley in Illinois, authorities said.
Winnebago County Attorney General J Hanley has charged Duke Webb with three counts of murder and three counts of shooting Saturday evening in Don Carter Lanes, Rockford, Saturday.
Rockb police officer Dan O’Shea arrested Webb after the shooting at around 7pm on Tuesday and Sunday at around 7am on Sunday.
“I believe the police officers seen inside the building can stop further violence,” O’Shea said.
The three dead were 73 years old. All men between the ages of 65 and 69.
A 14-year-old boy was shot in the face and airlifted to a hospital in Madison, while a 16-year-old girl was treated at the hospital and released. He said a 62-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and had to undergo surgery overnight and was in critical condition.
O’Shea said the Bowling alley was blocked at the time of the shooting. But a bar upstairs is open. The upstairs room has two open doors outside the door. The bar ensures compliance with Illinois’ COVID-19 mitigation guidelines
O’Shea said about 25 people were in Don Carter Lanes at the time of the shooting, but most had escaped or gone into hiding. He said the injured teenagers were picking up food at a delivery point on Bowling Street.
The suspect tried to hide his weapons before being arrested. He was arrested without being shot, officials said. Webb is an active soldier and investigators are in contact with the U.S. military, Oishi said
According to the Rockford Registration Star, 2020 was the deadliest year on record in the city of nearly 170,000 people, 80 miles (129 km) northwest of Chicago. Thirty-five people have been killed in the city this year, up from 31 in 1996.
“If we are to look forward to this new year at the end of this difficult year, we need to stop this kind of violence,” said Mayor Tom McNamara.
“Today we, as Rockfordians, need to show the country from the perspective of the country how Rockford supports each other in such an event.”