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Sunday shooting in Freeport leaves a 23-year-old dead, five injured

Published: Jul. 5, 2020 at 11:51 AM CDT
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FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) - A violent Fourth of July weekend in the region leaving at least three people dead and many more in the hospital.

“It’s heartless to see this as a community, it’s senseless,” said Chief Matthew Summers, Freeport Police Department.

Freeport police responded early Sunday morning to the 900 block of South Carroll Ave.to find a dramatic scene.

“In 25 years I’ve never been to an incident where there were 6 people shot,” Summers said.

Summers says this magnitude of gun violence is disturbing.

“The violence that is out there is unspeakable and we need to do something as a society to change that,” Summers said.

All six victims were sent to area hospitals.

“Five individuals had wounds to their legs, their arms, one has a chest wound but is in stable but critical condition at an area hospital,” Summers said.

A vigil was held following the incident where friends and family came together to honor Laterryon Brumfield who died from his injuries.

“We don’t know what he would have accomplished going forward,” Summers said.

“Everyone is screaming about Black Lives Matter but we don’t understand Black Lives Matter and we are not trying to stop ourselves from killing each other,” said David Thurman, Freeport resident.

Thurman was out of town the night of the shooting but came home upset to find out what happened.

“The=hild who died was not involved in street activity or anything. He was a good kid and I feel bad for his family,” Thurman said.

Thurman says the only way to change this behavior is to set a better example for our kids.

“Every man needs to grab their child and stop this. We have to start from somewhere,” Thurman said.

Police have no description of any suspects at this time. The incident is still under investigation.

If anyone has any information they should contact the Freeport Police Department 815-235-8222 or Stateline Area Crime Stoppers 866-847-7699.

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