UPDATE: Rockford Residents React to 3 Tuesday Shootings

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Bullet holes and shattered windows of a home on the 700 block of Illinois Avenue. Bullets also struck homes on Lincoln avenue and Prial avenue.

“I heard some noise and that was it,” said Rockford resident James Thomas. “I didn’t push the issue, because the way things are going in the city now, you don’t pay much attention to it.”

Thomas lives just a few houses down from the home that was hit on Lincoln Avenue. He’s been there for 57 years.

Thomas says it’s not the first time someone opened fire at that home. “It’s nothing new for that up there,” said Thomas.

Anthony Mash used to run a neighborhood watch program through Facebook called ‘No More’. He’s calling out local officials to put a stop to the violence.

“No more! No more in our city, no more in our county, no more shots fired, no more shootings, no more carjackings, no more violent crimes,” said Mash.

Mash says his watch group had 270 members in it. But, it disbanded last year because members began fearing for their safety.

“We used to do sit-outs and (then) nobody wanted to participate. Nobody wanted to come out. Probably because they’re scared,” said Mash. “They’re scared of retaliation.”

Both Mash and Thomas say that in order for the city to turn around its crime problem, the community needs to do its part.

“Step up, take a stand. Stop the racism,” said Mash. “Stop playing the racism card. It’s about HLM. Human lives matter.”

“Something has to be done,” said Thomas. “The community has to get together with the police department and do something about it because they can’t do anything after the fact.”

Nobody was injured in any of the three shootings.

No one has been arrested at this time in relation to the shootings.

Police have not confirmed at this time whether or not the shootings on Illinois Avenue and Lincoln Avenue were connected.
A man was hit in the leg in a fourth shooting on Rockford’s near East Side.

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The violent start to 2017 in Rockford continued early Tuesday morning. Three more homes were hit by gunfire, following two homes being shot Monday night.

The first two shootings happened around 2:20 a.m. within blocks of each other. One happened in the 700 block of Illinois Avenue where officers found several shell casings outside a home in the street. At the same time, shots were reported in the 1000 block of Lincoln Avenue. Again, several shell casings were found in the street and bullet holes were found in the residence.

No one was hurt in either incident.

20 minutes later, in the 2700 block of Prial Avenue, a house was also hit by gunfire. Shell casings were again found in the street. There were no injuries there either.

The series of shootings follows a violent New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Rockford, including the city’s first homicide of 2017. Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea is expected to address the violence before Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

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