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United states today
Rockford, Illinois – An active-duty member has been charged with murder after a shooting rampage at a bowling ale complex that killed three people and injured three others, officials said Sunday.
Duke Webb, 37, was held in the Winnabago County Jail without bond in each of three counts of three-degree murder and first-degree murder attempt in Saturday’s assault. His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday.
“We believe it was a completely random act,” Police Chief Dan O Shia said on Sunday. “There is no prior meeting or any kind of relationship between the suspect and the victims in this case.”
The tragedy is the deadliest year on record for this city of 150,000 people 90 miles west of Chicago. Saturday’s murders marked 35 murders this year, the highest of any recorded in any year 1965. The next highest was 31, which was recorded in 1996.
Rockford issues are a recurring theme across the nation. According to the independent data collection and research group Gun Violence Archive, gun violence killed more than 41,500 people nationwide this year.
Cities across America – including Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Greensboro, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; And Trenton, New Jersey – have already surpassed their all-time record for this year’s housewives. Others, such as Philadelphia and Fort Worth, Texas, are seeing their highest numbers in decades.
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Mayor Tom McNamara said the nation’s eye is on their city, and its residents will have to show how they “respond to one incident as Rockford, support each other and come together.”
“There is a need to stop this type of violence in the city of Rockford,” Mayor Tom McNamara said. “There is a need to stop this type of violence across the country.”
Webb, a Florida resident, was taken into custody within minutes of officers arriving at the scene. O ‘Xi said that he had attempted to hide his identity and hide two weapons recovered from the scene. An officer taking Web into custody did not throw his weapon, O’Shea said.
Don Carter Lane includes an alley, a bar and an off-track betting site. Owaisi said the Cowell and lower-level complex was closed due to COVID-19 regulations, but an upstairs bar was operating with 20 to 25 people.
“Two teen victims were picking up food,” O ‘She said. “They were not in the bar area.”
O ‘Shea said shots were fired inside and outside the complex. He said that most of the incident was captured on surveillance video inside the business.
Webb is accused of shooting three people, aged 73, 65 and 69. He is also accused of shooting and injuring a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the face and face at a 16-year-old hospital in Madison. The old girl and a 62-year-old man, who are in critical condition after surgery from the shooting.
Contribution: Grace Haque, USA Today