UPDATE: Rockford mother speaks out after her and her son are shot

Published: Apr. 13, 2018 at 8:28 PM CDT
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Updated April 17, 2018, 7:24 p.m.

UPDATE: MADISON, Wis. (WIFR) -- A mother is speaking out after she and her 9-month-old son are shot in Rockford.

Mother Gabriela Ortiz says that incident had a huge physical and mental impact on her and her son.

"Bullets have no name. He almost killed my son," said Ortiz

Ortiz hopes nine-month-old Lorenzo will never remember when he was shot once in his shoulder and a second time on his wrist.

Ortiz says it happened Friday evening when she was putting Lorenzo into his car seat outside her home in the 2200 block of S. 5th Street.

"I heard [Tyrone Anderson] yell my name really loud, and I looked over, and he just had a big gun like this, and he started shooting," said Ortiz.

Ortiz says said she did whatever she could to protect her son. She grabbed his car seat and shielded it with her body.

"And then I felt two more gunshots hit me, and one went through my leg and into his shoulder, and then the other hit his wrist," said Ortiz.

"My mom came out, she was crying. I said, 'Call an ambulance; my son's about to die,'" said Ortiz.

Rockford police say 19-year-old Tyrone Anderson is in custody. Ortiz and her son are still recovering, However, Ortiz knows it will be a long journey back to normalcy.

"Just trying to take it day by day, pretty much losing it," said Ortiz.


has been set up by Ortiz for medical care and other expenses.


UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) --Rockford police have arrested a man in connection with the 22-year-old woman and her 10-month-old child that were struck by gunfire late Friday night.

Police have arrested 19-year-old Tyrone Anderson Jr. who was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and having no firearm owner's identification card.

The names of the victims have not yet been released. Police say the two victims are expected to make a full recovery.


Posted April 13, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford police confirm two people were shot in the 2200 block of South 5th Street around 7:20 Friday evening.

Neighbors tell 23 News the victims are a mother and baby. Police have not yet confirmed the ages of the victims.

Neighbors we spoke to say they heard ten shots before officers arrived on scene.

Police say both victims were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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