Off-duty security guard shot during large birthday party on E. State, says Rockford PD

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Around 12:45 a.m., Rockford police officers were called to a large party near the 600 block of E. State Street for a report of shots fired.

Rockford police say that upon arrival to the Rhythm & Know business, at 610 E. State Street, a large number of people were leaving. Investigators say they found several shell casings in front of the business and the side of the building was struck several times.

Police say most of the party-goers left as police arrived and were uncooperative with the investigation.

One gunshot victim transported themselves to the hospital. He was identified as a uniformed 26-year-old off-duty Illinois State Enforcement security guard.

Police did not find any other gunshot victims at the location.

Authorities say the building was rented for a birthday party and it already had several complaints for hosting large parties.

The owner of the business was issued a Notice to Appear for Offensive Use of Property.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900 or leave an anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

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