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Local man shares close encounter with alleged gunman in Don Carter Lanes mass shooting

A local man shares his encounter with the alleged gunman in the Don Carter Lanes mass shooting, less than an hour before it happened.
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 6:38 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A local man shares his encounter with the alleged gunman in the Don Carter Lanes mass shooting, less than an hour before it happened.

“My whole body shook; it was very scary. As soon as I’ve seen those eyes... I remember those eyes,” said Johnny.

A typical weekend turns into one a local man will never forget.

Less than an hour before Duke Webb, the suspect arrested in the mass shooting at don carter lanes, opened fire, Johnny says he locked eyes with him and instantly felt uncomfortable.

“The guy just looked like he had something serious on his mind that day. I had bad vibes that something like that was going to happen but you know you don’t always just run and tell people ‘well, they’re going to do something,’” said Johnny.

Johnny remembers Webb stared at him and his brother from the bar for a while before they left and when his daughter told him about the shooting, he says he had a bad feeling who it was.

Looking back, Johnny says he wishes he had spoken up.

“Two other guys that lost their life that day; I don’t know them on a personal basis but I know them from there and we would talk about the races and stuff. I feel bad about happening to them, but it could have happened to me. I’m just glad my life was spared that day,” said Johnny.

Webb faces three counts of first degree murder and three counts of attempted murder in connection to the December 26 shooting.

After being denied bail, he remains in custody until his arraignment next month.

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