UPDATE: Police believe shooting of a toddler wasn't reported correctly

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Updated January 16, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford police say they are not sure of the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a toddler.

Investigators say they do not believe the shooting of the child, who they say is 2-years-old, happened the way it was originally reported.

Officers say they were told an unknown black man forced his way into the home in the 800 block of Concord Avenue last Thursday. Witnesses say once inside the house, the man fired a round from his handgun which hit the toddler. The boy was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Police say this is an on-going investigation, we will continue to update you as we learn more.


Updated January 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – An unrelated arrest has been made at the home on Concord Avenue that was the site of a shooting that wounded a 3-year-old boy on Thursday.

26-year-old Timothy A. Sikes was arrested by Rockford police for an outstanding probation violation warrant.

Sikes was located at the residence when the shooting happened but is not the main suspect.

Police are still searching for the suspect who shot the toddler in the home.


Posted January 12, 2018, 5:15 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford police say a 3-year-old has been shot in the 800 block of Concord Avenue.

Investigators say a man tried to break into the home and fired at least one shot, hitting the 3-year-old boy.

The man ran away and police are searching the area for him at this time. Neighbors tell 23 News they never heard gunshots.

Police say the boy is at an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

We will continue to update you as we learn more.