ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Raheem King has been found guilty of killing three people aboard a party bus in 2018.
A Winnebago County Judge found King guilty of First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking and Aggravated Unlawful Restraint.
The shooting happened on Auburn Street and Johnston Avenue. The bus driver drove about a mile after the shooting to a Mobil Gas Station on Springfield Avenue to call police.
King’s girlfriend, Lakeacia Kizart, is accused of hiding him from the police for several days before the pair turned themselves in.
King’s defense said he was forced to take action in self-defense. Earlier in the bench trial, prosecutors questioned whether the victims were actually armed at all. But King testified two of the men pointed guns at him after he walked onto the bus with his rifle.
King said he was scared and panicked and says he opened fire to keep him and his family safe.
He faces up to 60 years in prison and is due back in court on October 29th.