Army Green Beret charged with shooting at Illinois bowling alley

Three people were killed and three injured in gunshots.

Police have arrested an Army Green Beret and charged him with murder and other charges in connection with the shooting that took place at a bowling alley in Rockford, Illinois, on Saturday night.

Three unidentified men, aged 73, 69 and 65, were killed when gunfire erupted at Don Carter Lanes around 6:55 p.m., Rockford Police Chief Dan O ‘Shea told reporters on Sunday afternoon. A 62-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot several times, a 14-year-old victim was shot in the face and was in a stable condition in a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, and a 16-year-old -year-old victim was shot in the shoulder, treated at the scene and released, police said.

Officers arrested Army Sgt. The first class Duke Webb, 37, who is a Florida resident, and charged him with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, according to Shea. There does not appear to be an immediate connection between Webb and the victims, police said.

Webb joined the Army in 2008 and is currently assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, according to a U.S. Army statement. He said with leave at the time of the shooting, the statement read.

The bowling alley and bar were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The 14-year-old and 16-year-old victims picked up food during the incident, police said.

According to police, the victims were shot inside and outside the business. Shea said the investigation is continuing and most of the incident was captured on cameras.

The military has said it will cooperate with Rockford police in its investigation.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn of this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded,” said Col. John W. Sannes, the commander of the 7th Special Forces Group (in the air), said in a statement. .