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Rockford crime rate up: man charged with first degree murder

Preston Scott, 25, faces seven counts of first degree murder.
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 1:40 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A 25-year-old man was charged with seven counts of first degree murder on Friday morning.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross and Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea are concerned over a recent uptick in violence. They are now looking to the public to help curb crime.

O’Shea said after a steady three-year decline in the crime rate, things took a turn for the worse this summer, and the statistics are going in the wrong direction.

Law enforcement said the number of homicides, illegal gun use and shootings around the area are unacceptable. O’Shea wants members of the public who see a crime to reach out to officers, claiming that any bit of information helps.

“We have had way too many shootings since March of this year, too many homicides this year. We need people to step up and continue to step up sharing who the shooters are,” O’Shea said.

O’Shea said his department will go after those who illegally sell guns or drugs.

“The amount of guns we are seizing is incredible. And the amount of gunfire we have seen this year, which again is a 180 from the last three years, again we are going the wrong way,” O’Shea said.

Preston Scott faces the charges, along with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon after a criminal investigation from an April 2 incident in the Oregon Avenue area at 10:26 a.m., according to Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross.

On April 2, David Foley was found outside of his vehicle and he had suffered several gunshot wounds, where he died as a result of those injuries, according to Hite Ross.

Scott is currently in custody on unrelated charges, he had a warrant issued with respect to the eight charges with a no-bond, which will be served on him at the WInnebago County Jail.

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