The manhunt continues for the suspect accused of shooting and killing three people on a party bus in Rockford. A video shows a first look inside that bus. One of the victims posted the video of the party, a few hours before shots rang out. Meanwhile, Rockford Police and Crime Stoppers search and continue to piece together a case and ask for help from the community.
“On the party bus, Raheem taking over everybody,” Lights flashing and music blaring, the video capturing a night of fun that would later take a deadly turn. “We on a party bus!” The video was live-streamed to Martavies Blake’s Facebook page about four hours before the shooting that left him dead. The alleged gunman, Raheem King, 22, is still on the run.
“We are still searching for and looking for the suspect for a triple murder,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. He says local law enforcement and even federal agents are in on the manhunt. So far, all that has been said is that bullets started flying inside the bus near Auburn Street and Johnston Ave after 3 a.m. Saturday. The bus driver traveled about a mile to a Mobil Gas Station on Springfield Avenue before calling 9-1-1. It’s not clear how King got away
“He’s an extremely dangerous and violent person,” said Chief O’Shea. “We need to apprehend him and get him off the streets.” Chief O’Shea is asking for the community’s help through anonymous tips to Police or Crime Stoppers.
“Crime does not happen in a vacuum,” said Crime Stopper Board of Directors Chairwoman, Arles Hendershott. “Sometimes its a piece from one person, added to a piece from one person, added to a piece from another person, added to a piece from a third person that ends in the arrest.”
Hendershott says the organization has already received some possible tips, which were sent to Rockford Police, but she says more tips are still needed if they’re going to catch King. “If you know something, even if you think it’s insignificant, it might be the piece everybody is looking for.”
Chief O’Shea adds that whoever is caught helping King hide from police will be charged with aiding and abetting. “He obviously is getting help from someone to evade arrest,” said Chief O’Shea. “We’ll do everything in our power to make sure that we locate whoever’s helping him, whoever they may be, him or her, and backtrack afterwards and seek prosecution of that individual or individuals to the fullest extent of the law.”