Police Investigate Rockford Murder

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Police are still looking for the man who may have prompted a shoot-out, turned car accident.

An autopsy determined 21-year-old William Patrick was shot to death. Police say he was in a car with three others on 15th Avenue early Saturday morning when he got into an argument with someone in another vehicle. Patrick and one other passenger were shot. Causing their car to crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers.


On Saturday, 03/16/13, shortly after 1:30 a.m. officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to the 1500 block of South 6th Street in reference to shots fired. When they arrived in the area, the officers located a vehicle that had crashed in the 1100 block of 15th Avenue.

Four people occupied the vehicle and two of the individuals in the vehicle had been injured by gunfire. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old William R. Patrick of Rockford, was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the passengers, 22-year-old Samantha P. Colson of Rockford, was transported to a local hospital where she is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Based on the information gathered to this point, the incident appears to be the result of some type of verbal altercation between Patrick and the driver of another vehicle. Detectives from the Rockford Police Department are conducting a follow-up investigation into the Homicide. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockford Police Dept. (987-5824) or Crime Stoppers (963-7867).


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