3-year-old dies after being shot in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A 3-year-old boy has died after being shot in the 800 block of N. Court street.

Rockford Police say the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. The boy was inside the apartment and was shot in the head, police said. He was taken to the hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.

Several bullet holes could be seen in an exterior wall.

Police say there is no suspect information to share at the moment. Several adults were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting and they have been taken to RPD’s District 2 headquarters to be interviewed, a police spokesman said.

“When you see a young victim like this it just brings it closer to home and makes it more emotional, but we know this crime like any other crime,” said Assistant Deputy Chief Kurt Whisenand. “Somebody knows something. There’s someone who has information that can help us solve the case, so obviously we implore the community to bring the information forward.”

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara pleaded with witnesses to come forward at a health department press conference Thursday afternoon, where he said, “I mean, a three year old should be playing with cars and trucks and enjoying their life and having no worries. They shouldn’t know what COVID is, shouldn’t know what any of this craziness is. They should know that they are loved, and that they’re cared for, and that they’re in a safe place because they’re in their home. It’s ludicrous.”

Twenty six people have been murdered in Rockford this year, which is only five away from a one-year record of 31 in 1996.

McNamara said the increase in homicides is connected to gang violence.

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