A 37-year-old serviceman from Florida has been accused of firing randomly at an Illinois bowling alley that left three dead and three injured.
Prosecutors said Duke Webb, who was arrested at the scene, was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted first degree murder.
“We believe this is a completely random act,” Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said at a press conference on Sunday. “There is no prior meeting or any kind of relationship between the suspects and any of the victims.”
Police arrived at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford as shots continued to be fired inside on Saturday evening. They rushed inside and quickly located Webb, who was trying to hide his two handguns, in a crowd of around 25 people.
The victims killed, whose names have not been released, were between 69 and 73 years old. A 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were injured but are in stable condition; a 62-year-old man who was injured underwent overnight surgery and is in critical condition.
Police said the shooting, which was captured on security video, took place at a bar connected to the bowling alley which was operating under pandemic restrictions.
“We have three families who mourn the loss of their loved ones,” said Rockford Mayor Thomas McNamara.
“As we come to the end of this most difficult year and look forward to the New Year approaching, we know this kind of violence must stop.”
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