An active US Army soldier, 37, is charged with murder in the shooting deaths of three men Saturday at a bowling alley in Rockford, Illinois
Duke Webb, 37, is charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in what has been described as a ‘random attack’
The shooting happened just before 7pm Saturday at the Shooters Bar & Grill section of the Don Carter lanes bowling alley in Rockford
Three men, aged 73, 65 and 69, were killed; two teenagers were also injured
A 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl both gunshot weretreated in hospital and released from hospital
The sixth victim, a 62-year-old man, remains in a critical condition after he was shot multiple times
An active member of the US Army has been charged with murder after three men were shot dead and three more people injured in a ‘random attack’ at bowling alley in Illinois.
Duke Webb, 37, from Florida, was on Sunday charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, The Chicago Tribune reports.
The shooting happened just before 7pm on Saturday at Don Carter Lanes in the city of Rockford about 90 minutes northwest of Chicago.
Three men, aged 73, 65 and 69, were killed. They have not been named.
A 14-year-old boy was shot in the face; his condition is described as stable.
Another teen, a 16-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder and released from hospital. The sixth victim, a 62-year-old man, remains in a critical condition after he was shot multiple times.
It is not known why Webb was in Rockford and Police Chief Dan O’Shea said Sunday: ‘We believe this was a completely random act, and there is no prior meeting or any kind of relationship between the suspect and any of the victims in this case.’
Webb joined the Army in 2008 and was on leave Saturday..
The U.S. Army said Webb is a Special Forces assistant operations and intelligence sergeant assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group [Airborne], at Camp Bull Simons, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn about this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded,” Col. John W. Sannes, commander of 7th Special Forces Group, said in a statement.
Police say around 6.55pm on Saturday, they received a call that someone had opened fire in an outdoor bar area of the bowling alley according to a police press conference given in the hours after the shooting.
When police arrived, they found multiple victims and the person of interest. Two handguns were also found at the scene.
Police Chief O’Shea said that the investigation was ‘very, very fluid’ and still ongoing.
He added: ‘Most of the incident was captured on surveillance video from inside the business. The investigators have the surveillance videos and they’ll go through those.
‘The two teenage victims were picking up food. It’s a carryout establishment as well. They were not in the bar area.’
Mayor Tom McNamara said in a statement he was ‘angered and saddened’.
He added: ‘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.’
Webb is being held without bond. He will make his first appearance in court Monday.
Chief O’Shea also noted that the State’s Attorney’s Office is now involved and that no officers fired their weapons during the arrest of the suspect.
Don Carter Lanes posted on Facebook at around 7.20pm a status saying ‘Pray please’.
Officers from multiple agencies including the Rockford Police Department and the Illinois State Police have been on the scene.
Announcung Sunday morning that Sgt. Webb was taken into custody shortly after the shooting at around 7 p.m., Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said at the news conference that the bowling alley itself was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
However, there is an upstairs bar that was open with 20- 25 people when Webb opened fire, according to officials.
The chief said the upstairs venue has double doors that open to the outside, ensuring the bar is in compliance with Illinois’ COVID-19 mitigation guidance.
“People were able to get out of the building and some were able to hide while the shooting was going on,” O’Shea said. “The suspect was discharging his weapon both inside and outside of the building.”
Witnesses who were inside at the time of the shooting tell ABC7 Webb fired off several rounds as people jumped off the bar’s balcony to try and get to safety.
“People were able to get out of the building and some were able to hide while the shooting was going on,” O’Shea said.
“The suspect was discharging his weapon both inside and outside of the building.”
The bar, Shooters Bar & Grill, has remained open for outside drinking and takeout. Around 20 to 25 people had been at the establishment when the shooting broke out Saturday.