ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford Police identified 37-year-old Duke Webb, of Florida, as the suspect in a mass shooting that took place at the Don Carter Lanes bowling alley on Saturday night.
According to Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea, police were called to the business, at 4007 E State Street, at 6:55 p.m. and arrived within 1 minute of the 911 call.
O’Shea said Webb fired his weapon both inside and outside the building. Two handguns were recovered at the scene, he said.
Three people were killed, including a 73 year old man, a 65 year old man, and a 69 year old man. O’Shea said the identities of the victims was being withheld until notification of next of kin.
O’Shea said 3 people were wounded in the shooting. A 14-year-old male was shot in the face and was airlifted to a Madison hospital for treatment. A 16-year-old female was shot in the shoulder and was treated at a local hospital and released. The two teens were at the establishment to pick up food for carry-out, according to O’Shea.
A 62-year-old man was shot multiple times and underwent multiple surgeries, and is said to be in critical condition.
Police say Webb was still in the bowling alley when officers arrived, and the incident was captured on surveillance cameras. Webb allegedly attempted to obscure his identification before his arrest, according to O’Shea.
The Webb family sent a statement through their attorney, James M. McClellan of Sikeston, MO:
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of this tragedy. Duke has served his country honorably for 12 years in special forces as a Green Beret. The Webb family is grieving for all those involved. We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to those impacted and to the community of Rockford.”
The U.S. Army confirmed that Webb was an active Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant. Webb has been in the Army since 2008 and was on leave from Elgin Air Force Base, Florida at the time of the shooting.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn about this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded,” said Col. John W. Sannes, commander of 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
Webb is a Green Beret. The 18F billet is the second-highest enlisted position in a Special Forces team, which usually consists of 12 men.
Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley said Webb is charged with 3 counts of First Degree Murder and 3 counts of Attempted Murder.
O’Shea said he believed the shooting was a “completely random act.”
U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-16th) tweeted the following statement Saturday: “Praying for the victims and their families tonight after the heinous attack in our community. As we continue to learn more and hold the responsible party accountable, I want to thank the @RockfordPD for their swift action in apprehending the suspect.”
A vigil was held at Don Carter Lanes at 2 p.m. on Sunday.