6 arrested in connection with murder of Rockford man at Jefferson Street house party

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced charges against 6 Rockford residents for an incident which resulted in the shooting death of Phillip Trammell, 24, at a house party on Jefferson Street on May 3rd.

Rockford Police say the shooting took place during a house party in the 1400 block of Jefferson around 6 p.m..

“Responding officers came to the scene, located what had been a large house party that had been occurring,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea at the time. “It appears some individuals had come to the party, there had been a conflict and at that point gun fire was exchanged between several individuals.”

Demetrius Shivers, 25, is charged with First Degree Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon for allegedly shooting and killing Tramell.

Police Chief Dan O’Shea said when officers responded to the scene, a crowd of people tried to prevent them from giving aid to the dying man and another shooting victim. O’Shea commended his officers who he said had to work to try and collect evidence while gunfire was being heard in the area.

Hite Ross said her office had authorized weapons charges against five other people who were in possession of weapons that night:

Melissa Blake, 27, is charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon after officers allegedly found a gun in her vehicle. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Darion Jamar Gulley, 28, is charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon by Felon. Hite Ross said he was caught in possession of a firearm, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Orentho Hurd, 25, is charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Darris Coleman, 27, is charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and being an Armed Habitual Criminal. He is currently wanted by police.

Rayshawn Montgomery, 26, is charged with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and is currently wanted by police.

“We’ve seen an increase since March in violent crimes committed by handguns,” O’Shea said.

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