The suspect in aPolice on Saturday night in a bowling alley in Illinois charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder. Duke Webb, a 37-year-old Florida resident, allegedly killed three people and injured three others at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford, Illinois.
Webb, an active military member, is being held without probation in Winnebago County Jail, police said at a Sunday news conference. He is due to appear in court on Monday at 13:30
Rockford police chief Dan O’Shea said the three people killed were a 73-year-old man, a 69-year-old man and a 65-year-old man. Two of the injured were teens, O’Shea said. A 14-year-old boy was shot in the face and taken by helicopter to a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, where he is now in a stable condition. A 16-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder and taken to a local hospital and later released after being treated for the wound. A 62-year-old man was also injured and is in a critical condition.
O’Shea said the shooting was believed to be a random act and that there was no prior meeting or any connection between the suspect and one of the victims in the case.
According to O’Shea, Webb was arrested without incident, although he allegedly tried to hide his weapons and obscure his identification. O’Shea also indicated that most of the shooting was captured on camera in the building.
The bowling alley itself was closed due to the state’showever, a bar above the bar was open, which is allowed under the current restrictions. The two teens were there to pick up food for a pick-up order, O’Shea said.
“The Don Carter Lanes family and the entire bowling community are shocked by this act of pure evil,” bowling court owner Brand Sommer told WIFR-TV, a CBS subsidiary. “Our collective prayers go out to the families of the victims. God please help them all. So sad for one sick person to cause so much misery. We are grateful for the prompt and professional action of the law enforcement agencies that further loss of life by the shooter so fast. ‘
According to the U.S. Army, Webb is an Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant from the Special Forces assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (in the air), located at Camp Bull Simons at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida . He joined the military in 2008 and was on leave on Saturday.
Colonel John W. Sannes, commander of the 7th Special Forces Group of the U.S. Army, issued a statement saying, “We are shocked and saddened to learn of this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the slain and the wounded. ”
The army said it would assist in the investigation.