Shooting leads to drugs, weapons arrest of two Rockford men

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Two Rockford men are in police custody after officers stopped them after hearing gunshots and discovered drugs and weapons in the car.

Rockford Police say shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday morning, officers on patrol heard gunshots in the area of Woodlawn and Whitman Street.

Police pursued a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed and say that when they tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver fled.

The vehicle came to a stop in the 700 block of Independence, where both the driver, 36-year-old Samuel Skinner, and the passenger, 31-year-old Cordaine Harris, were arrested.

Police say they found a handgun, ammunition, three baggies of cocaine, numerous pills containing “a controlled substance”, and thousands of dollars in cash in the vehicle.

Skinner was charged with Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Gang Member, Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance within 500 feet of a School, Armed Violence, Fleeing to Elude, and No Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.

Harris was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance within 500 feet of a School.

Both men were taken to the Winnebago County Jail.

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