UPDATE: Teen Charged with Murder

By: Lauren Kravets; Marissa Sherer
By: Lauren Kravets; Marissa Sherer
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UPDATE: STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) – Police say the death of a 30-year-old Freeport man wasn’t a random attack.

Investigators tell us they are confident they have the only shooter in custody. Murder charges were just filed against the teenager who investigators believe fired the fatal shot.

17-year-old Traveontaye Berry is charged with killing Carl Green Jr. late Wednesday night. Green was shot near Empire Street and Float Avenue. Police say they saw Berry running from the scene just moments after hearing the gunshots.

Berry is being held in the Knox County Juvenile Detention Center in Galesburg.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Another homicide hits the city of Freeport, this is its fourth one this year. But this time, police have a suspect in custody.

At just 30-years-old, Carl Green Jr. of Freeport has lost his life. He was shot Wednesday night near Empire Street and Float Avenue on Freeport’s southeast side. He died a short time later at Freeport Memorial Hospital.

Police heard shots and were able to catch a 16-year-old boy running from the scene.

“If officers wouldn’t have been in the area right then and there, this person running from the scene would have gotten away, it’s very fortunate that the officers were that at that particular time,” said Deputy Chief James Drehoble.

A man who knew Green since they were kids remembers him having a funny laugh. He also says crime is getting out of control. His best friend, 33-year-old Jimmy Whitehead died after a hit and run last June.

“It’s getting to the point where you don’t know what street is safe to walk down. You don’t even know who to say is a friend anymore.”

We’re told the 16-year-old suspect is from Freeport. Police won’t say if he had a gun on him when he was arrested, but he was taken to the Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center. Charges haven’t been filed yet. Police aren’t releasing a motive yet either.

Police aren’t saying how many times Green was shot or where on his body, but an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.


FREEPORT (WIFR) -- A 30-year-old man is dead after a shooting in Freeport Wednesday night.

Police say they were near Empire Street and Float Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night when they heard shots fired. A 16-year-old boy was found running from the scene and was apprehended.

A 30-year-old man was found laying in a yard. He was taken to Freeport Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The 16-year-old is currently being detained in police custody. The investigation remains ongoing. The State's Attorney's Office is currently reviewing whether any charges will be pressed against him.

The victim's identity is not being released pending family notification.

If you have any information regarding the incident, please call Freeport Police at (815) 235-8222 or Stateline Area Crime Stoppers at (866) 847-7669.


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