Friday Night Shooting

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Cops on the dots, it's the reason behind why violent crimes are down in Rockford. At least that’s what Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson says.

It wouldn't appear that way Friday night when an innocent man was shot a red light. It happened just before 10 p.m. at the intersection of Montague and South Main Street. Thirty-three-year-old Shung Moore was shot twice in the shoulder and once in the thigh while sitting in the front passenger seat.

Shung was transported to Swedish American hospital where he is in fair condition. Even with Friday night's shooting Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson says violent crime numbers are going down.

Epperson gives credit to, “Doing out of the box thinking and looking at innovative police strategies. We’re looking to see what the best practices are across the country and looking at chiefs that have been successful when they were up against a huge crime problem. I’m reading up on the best practices through a problem oriented policing website."

Epperson says officers are taking care of little things that might lead to big things.