ROCKFORD, Ill. (CBS) — Three people were killed and three were wounded Saturday evening when someone opened fire at a bowling alley in Rockford.
Rockford police Chief Dan O’Shea said police were called at 6:55 p.m. to the Don Carter Lanes bowling alley in the 4000 block of East State Street on the east side of Rockford. An active shooter situation was reported.
O’Shea said three people were confirmed dead, while three others were shot and wounded and were being treated at local hospitals.
CBS affiliate WIFR-TV said at least two of the people were shot were teenagers. It was not known if they were patrons or employees of the bowling alley.
The shooting was believed to be a random attack.
A suspect was taken into custody, O’Shea said. He said it was no longer an active shooter situation as of 8:30 p.m.
Rockford police said on Twitter late Saturday that the suspect was a 37-year-old white male, and no one else was being sought.
UPDATE: 37-year-old white male suspect is in custody. There are no others being sought at this time. Media briefing will be tomorrow 12/27 at 9:30 a.m. at Rockford Police District 3, 557 S. New Towne Drive.
— RockfordILPolice (@RockfordPD) December 27, 2020
The suspect was still in the building when police came, O’Shea said. It was not believed that officers fired any shots, and as of 8:30 p.m., the person taken into custody was believed to be the only one involved.
The ages and conditions of the surviving victims were not immediately learned, nor were the ages of the victims who were killed.
O’Shea said some of the victims were shot inside the bowling alley building and some were shot outside.
O’Shea was not sure whether the bowling alley was open at the time. A reported pointed out that under statewide restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic, it should not be.
Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara issued the following statement late Saturday:
“I’m angered and saddened by the violence tonight at Don Carter Lanes. 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. I appreciate all of our first responders who quickly and heroically arrived to secure the scene.”
Don Carter Lanes put up a Facebook post that simply read, “Pray please.”
O’Shea said he could not get into whether weapons were recovered or any information about the suspect.
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