Rockford man convicted of 2017 Longwood Street shooting that injured bystander

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Perriyon King, 21, was found guilty of Attempted Murder and other charges on Tuesday for his part in a shooting in 2017, during which an innocent bystander was shot in the head.

King and Edmond Lilly were charged with several felony counts, including attempted first degree murder, for a car-to-car shooting that happened around 4:35 p.m. near North Longwood Street and Rural Street on April 5th, 2017.

69-year-old veteran Dick Griffin was hit in the head during the crossfire, according to prosecutors.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said cases with innocent bystanders being the victims of violence always come as a shock to the community.  “A victim who is doing nothing wrong, not engaged in criminal activity, as in this case, just driving home and they’re struck with violence and become victims of violence. It takes it to whole new level.”

King was found guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, and Mob Action. 

His sentencing is scheduled for January 4th.

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