A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for the shooting in a Rockford Park District Park that left a woman wounded in the head in her apartment more than one block away.
The shooting happened on Sunday, September 24th at Keye-Mallquist Park in the 1700 block of 11th Street at 6:45 p.m.
Rockford Police Officers who were nearby heard a series of shots fired in the area followed by calls of shots being fired at the park.
A 29-year-old woman was located in the area of Parmele Street and 16th Avenue with a gunshot wound to her head. She was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening wound.
Rockford Park District Police investigating the shooting arrested the teenager last Friday after an obtaining an arrest warrant. The teen faces charges of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.
“Our investigation revealed that an argument took place at Keye-Mallquist Park, resulting in a teenager firing several shots from a handgun. The bullet apparently missed its intended target, and struck the victim at her residence,” said Rockford Park District Chief Theo Glover in a news release. “We take the safety and security of our citizens very seriously, but unfortunately, we are seeing more and more juveniles involved in violent crimes.”
The victim’s father could not agree more. He identified the 29-year-old victim as mother of four Alzura Prunty at the time of the shooting, the bullet lodging in her skull. He told ‘Eyewitness News’ he was fed up with violent crime in the area.
“It’s time that we step up and do something about this,” Floyd Prunty said. “That is my daughter, and I’m done. And I’ve been to two funerals from Fairgrounds, where I happened to be there, and at one point, you guys remember when I saved those children from the gun battle, never thinking for one moment that my child would be involved in it.”
“It’s time out, Rockford,” he went on to say. “It’s time for us to stand up and do something. Stop talkin in our homes, stop being relaxed unless it touches our family. We have to do something. A police officer was shot the other night. And if they don’t care about police, be damned if they care about the citizens of Rockford, Illinois.”