Sex offender charged in car-to-car shooting which struck Rockford school bus

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Rockford Police have issued charges against a man wanted for a car-to-car shooting in which stray fire struck a passing school bus.

The incident occurred on October 18th about 4:15 p.m. in the 400 block of S. 5th Street, during which the occupants of two cars were shooting at one another. A Rockford Public Schools bus, which was occupied by students at the time, was struck by gunfire in the melee, although no one was hurt and the damage to the bus wasn’t discovered until the following day.

Police detectives and agents from the Rockford Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms developed Kevin Harris, 26, of Rockford, as a suspect.

He was charged Wednesday with Armed Habitual Criminal, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon, and no FOID card.

Harris was already in custody in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for an unrelated offense. His bond has been set at $200,000.

Harris was convicted in a 2008 case for sexual exploitation of a child.

Another man was arrested at the scene on October 18th. Charles Griffin, 38, of Rockford, was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Armed Habitual Criminal.

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