Shooting in downtown Rockford as suspect opens fire on man walking dog

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford Police are investigating Monday after a suspect allegedly shot at a man who was walking his dog in downtown Rockford.

Police said witnesses said a silver SUV was driving east on W. State when a suspect got out of the vehicle and shot at the man, who was uninjured.

Caution tape had been set up over an entire block of W. State Street between Wyman Street N. Main around 2:30 p.m.

Shell casings were seen on the street outside the Subway Restaurant, at 201 W State St.

“I came around towards my kitchen sink and saw one of my employees come running from the front and duck down. I didn’t know if the shooting was in the store, or outside of the store,” described Pam Blume, the restaurant’s owner.

Shell casings are visible on the ground outside of Subway at W. State and Wyman.
Police mark shell casings after a shooting in downtown Rockford on Monday.
Shell casings dot the sidewalk along W. State Street in Rockford on Monday afternoon as police investigate the incident.
Officers string crime tape along W. State Street between Wyman and N. Main on Monday.
A large police response followed a incident in downtown Rockford on Monday afternoon.

Blume has owned the Subway on the corner of Wyman and W. State since 2012.

“This was definitely one of the scariest days,” she said.

“There was a customer sitting right inside there, so probably about two feet from the shooter on the other side of the glass,” Blume added. “The guy was shooting toward the front of the district, I had an employee that was sitting on his break, and he saw the gentleman in a black hoodie shoot and then he went running around the corner on Wyman.”

Blume says she hopes the incident doesn’t drive people away from the downtown area.

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