UPDATE: Three charged in March shooting at CherryVale Mall

Published: Mar. 18, 2018 at 3:44 PM CDT
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Updated: June 27, 2018 5:30 p.m.

UPDATE: WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Charges are filed against three people months after a shots fired call outside of CherryVale Mall.

Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato announces charges against 20-year-old Jamain McFadden. 26-year-old Tony Craig and 28-year-old Marchello Johnson. All three are in custody in the Winnebago County Jail and will be in court in July.

McFadden faces several charges including aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a gang member. Craig and Johnson each face charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and mob action. Johnson faces an additional charge of criminal damage to property.

"We're tired of the violence", said Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea.

Rockford and Cherry Valley police along with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office worked together as part of the investigation.

Local law enforcement agencies collaborated with mall management after this incident to try and prevent future violence at the mall to keep shoppers safe.

"If you're here doing those acts we're coming for you, we are going to hunt you down and put you in prison," said Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea.

Law enforcement agencies increased their presence and enforcement efforts around CherryVale Mall after shots were fired March 18th.

"If there is something suspicious, we're going to be more proactive to alleviate any type of situation that may happen," said Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana.

In an effort to keep shoppers safe, mall management lets the Cherry Valley Police Department use the mall's high-tech video system to quickly identify suspects. There are hundreds of cameras throughout the mall.

"We can literally have an event occur, if its a hit and run traffic accident where somebody's parked in the parking lot and somebody hits their car and then they take off, we can go right to the camera room, pull up the video and see who it was," said Cherry Valley Police Chief Robert Swank.

While investigators believe the March shooting was isolated and between gang members, they aren't taking any chances when it comes to safety.

"There isn't any reason why any citizen should be concerned about going to the mall. The law enforcement agencies recognize that it is an important part of our community and are focused on it. We are not going to tolerate this type of activity anywhere in the city and we are certainly not going to tolerate it at the CherryVale Mall," said Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato.

Three other people involved in the March fight were initially charged, but the Grand Jury did not indict them. Those charges were dropped.


Updated March 19, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

UPDATE: CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WIFR) - Cherry Valley police say extra officers will be patrolling inside and outside of CherryVale Mall following the second shooting at the mall in less than a month.

Officers arrested 20-year-old Jamian McFadden hours after a fight inside the mall Sunday morning escalated.

Investigators say McFadden fired several shots outside the mall near Barnes and Noble, however, no one was hit. The mall canceled an emergency drill scheduled for Sunday night following that incident; it says it will continue to monitor security procedures for shoppers.

The mall released a statement which says, "We maintain a close relationship with the Cherry Valley Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies. We work with them to plan for situations such as this one – running drills so they are familiar with mall corridors, entrances, and back hallways and performing lockdown drills with retailers on a regular basis.

Yesterday as the incident evolved the management team utilized MallCast, an internet-based messaging system, to communicate updates to retailers in real-time. Social media was used to communicate the status of the lockdown to customers and media outlets looking for updates as the situation progressed. We constantly evaluate our security procedures and make adjustments as necessary. Some measures are visible while others are not. However, it is important to note that there has been an increased presence in police and security officers patrolling the inside and outside of the property. We utilize interior and exterior hi-definition security cameras. Mall management will also continue to conduct scheduled training sessions and drills to increase preparedness in the case of an emergency.

As a community gathering place and regional destination for visitors, Cherryvale Mall strives to engage families with meaningful events and to expose visitors to the businesses and organizations that make the Rockford Region so vibrant. We constantly review our security measures and will continue to work hand-in-hand with local law enforcement."


Updated: Sunday March 18, 2018 7:10 p.m.

UPDATE: CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Cherry Valley Police make an arrest after a shooting at CherryVale Mall.

Cherry Valley Police say an officer who responded to the shooting took 20-year-old Jamian L. McFadden into custody. McFadden has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, no valid firearms owners identification and resisting a police officer.

McFadden's bond was set at $250,000. The investigation is ongoing by Cherry Valley Police and the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department.


Posted March 18, 2018, 3:44 p.m.

CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Cherry Valley police along with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department is investigating after a shooting took place outside the CherryVale Mall just before 11 a.m. Sunday.

Police say there was an altercation at the mall before shots rang out. Police say there are no injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation. 23 News will provide more information as it becomes available.