Three people were killed and three wounded in a shooting last night at a bowling alley in Rockford, Illinois. A suspect is in custody.
There was an incident at Don Carter Lanes around 7:55 p.m. EST with multiple victims.
Rockford Police Chief Daniel O’Shea said at a news briefing late Saturday.
“When officers arrived on scene, the shooter was still in the building.
No officers fired their weapons that we know of at this point, but the individual that we believe is responsible, and the only individual we believe at this point to be involved, we may have in custody.”
Officers found three people dead at the scene and three others with injuries from gunfire. Those victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Police believe the shooting was a random attack. Among the victims were at least two teenagers, although it is not know whether they were killed or the extent of their injuries .
The shooting happened both inside and outside the bowling alley. The bowling alley posted on Facebook the message,
“A heinous act of violence by an evil coward took innocent life tonight.
The entire bowling community mourns the senseless loss of life and prays for the families. God please be with their friends and families.”
Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said in a statement on Facebook.
“My thoughts are with the families of those who lost loved ones. I’m also thinking of those who were injured and my hopes are with them for a quick and full recovery.”
Rockford is about 90 miles northwest of Chicago, near the Illinois-Wisconsin border.
UPDATE: Suspect is in custody. This is an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any further information, please contact us at 815-966-2900 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 815-963-7867.— RockfordILPolice (@RockfordPD) December 27, 2020
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