Shots Fired Next Door to Machesney Park Home Where Teen Was Killed


Shots were fired at a house next door to the Machesney Park home where a teen was killed two weeks ago.

The shooting happened at 1022 Minns Drive just before 2 a.m Monday. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department says a building and two cars were hit by the gunfire.

Two weeks prior,  Rebecca Finkenhofer, who lived at 1028 Minns Drive, was stabbed to death.

One neighbor, whose car was hit by the gunfire, says the recent violence has him on edge.

“Just in the last couple of days, or the last couple of weeks, it’s been getting worse and worse,” said Nathan Forrester. “And I  don’t think it’s just this area…it sort of seems like it is growing out from Rockford and sort of affecting the neighboring communities too.”

The Sheriff’s Department has not said if the two incidents could be connected.


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