Shots were fired at a party on Rockford’s West side early Monday morning, and one woman and three men were sent to the hospital. Neighbors say they’ve noticed an increase in violence in the area.
One neighbor said the neighborhood has been quiet for 20 years…until this year.
“It’s normally quiet,” said Melden Berger. “The worse things you get over here are people speeding down the street. That’s it.”
Police say three people were shot around 4 a.m. on McLain Avenue. All three are expected to survive.
“We had officers on an unrelated call a few blocks away when they heard the shots and responded to the area where they located the first shooting victim,” said Lt. Kurt Whisenand of the Rockford Police Department.
While residents in the area say it is not typically a violent neighborhood, they say the last few months have told a different story.
“The last couple months, there’s been shootings around here, and it’s all because of drug dealers,” Berger said. “I don’t know. There has to be a reason.”
Berger, who has lived there for 20 years, says two houses on the block appear to be at the root of the recent violence, which he said started in July.
Police are still trying to determine the motive in the shooting.
“There was some type of dispute. We’re not sure what,” said Whisenand. “It’s possibly gang-related, for the start of the shooting.”
Whisenand says police believe the shooting happened as the party was letting out. It’s unclear of who the shooter or shooters were, but no arrests have been made yet, leaving residents to wonder if the violence will continue.
“I can’t get in to people’s heads and figure out what they are doing,” Berger said. “All I can say is for myself, what I feel, and what I feel is that it’s been crazy the last couple months, and it’s been between two houses.”