Police investigating shooting on S. Independence in Rockford

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 10:14 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Rockford Police Department is asking the public to avoid the area of S. Independence on Rockford’s west side.

Rockford Police Chief Carla Redd confirms this is a shooting investigation with four individuals involved, two left with serious injuries and two with non-life threatening injuries.

Redd says shortly after 8:30 p.m. there was a report of shots fired in the south Independence Ave. area. While three victims were found at the scene, Redd believes the fourth victim drove to the hospital before officials were on scene.

Several officers are out shinning flashlights on Independence, possibly looking for evidence. The 1800 block of South Independence Ave. is completely blocked off with caution tape.

Redd tells 23 News she believes this was a drive-by shooting and it was a targeted attack. She says the victims knew each other and that Rockford Police already have a person of interest in one of the shooting investigations.

“You know, I’ve been in office for a little over a month now and the senseless shootings and murders have got to stop,” Redd said. “Right now, live I’ve said, I’ve called in extra man power this evening, we do have a person of interest in custody for one of the other shootings that took place this evening so that means we’ve got to keep working through the night and we will do that without any hesitation what-so-ever.”

Details are limited but the information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

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