Duke Webb, 37, from Florida, was on Sunday charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder
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 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.
A 14-year-old boy was shot in the face; his condition is described as stable. 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, The Chicago Tribune reports.
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.’
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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 . The bowling alley has been closed since late November due to coronavirus restrictions but the bar has remained open
The shooting took place at the bowling alley’s bar, Shooters Bar & Grill . Rockford police and other law enforcement agencies investigate the scene of a shooting at a bowling alley Saturday
Rockford police and other law enforcement agencies investigate on the outdoor deck of a second-floor bar area after a shooting at the bowling alley on Saturday in Rockford
Officers from multiple agencies including the Rockford Police Department and the Illinois State Police have been on the scene on Saturday evening
The bowling alley asked people on Facebook to pray as the shooter rampaged through the venue
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.
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.
Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea, left, walks to a media staging area at the scene of a shooting
The chief 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.
Amanda Hollenbeck, 24, was at the bowling alley with her boyfriend at the time of the shooting and told DailyMail.com that she was trapped on the balcony area of the venue ordering a drink at the outdoor bar when gunshots rang out.
Amanda Hollenbeck, 24, was at the bowling alley with her boyfriend at the time of the shooting and told DailyMail.com that she was trapped on the balcony area of venue ordering a drink at the bar when gunshots broke out leaving her trapped
‘So my boyfriend and I were legit just ordering a drink… And heard a loud bang I froze everyone else ran.. he grabbed me and then 3 shots also rang out… An older man was shot in the head.. and another on the other side of the tent on the balcony where I was standing got shot as well… It was terrifying. You hear about shootings but to witness it… man it was scary as f***!’
‘I heard a loud bang and froze. I was three steps away from the shooter. If it would’ve been any longer I’d be dead,’ Hollenbeck said.
Only the bar was open at the bowling alley on Saturday night after the state of Illinois suspended all bowling from November 20.
The bar, Shooters Bar & Grill, has remained open for outside drinking and takeout.
Rockford, a city of 150,000 people about 80 miles from Chicago, has suffered its deadliest year for homicides, according to records that date back to 1965.
Thirty-five people have been killed in the city this year, breaking the previous record of 31 in 1996.
Rockford police work on the ground-floor bar area after a shooting at the bowling alley. A ‘person of interest’ was taken into custody after the shooting at Don Carter Lane
Don Carter Lanes is a popular place for locals to head to on a Saturday night in Rockford