UPDATE – Police now say that a Rockford Public Schools bus was hit by a bullet during the Wednesday evening shooting.
A RPS spokesperson says the bus was struck at least once. At the time, the bus driver was not aware the bus was hit. No students were injured, and all made it home safely. It wasn’t until an investigation Thursday morning that the bullet was found on the underside of the bus.
The Rockford School District is now working with Rockford Police as they investigate the incident.
The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department has arrested two men following a car-to-car shootout near the intersection of 5th Ave. and 5th St. on Wednesday.
The Winnebago County Sheriff’s TAC Team was in the area at around 4:15pm when members heard gunshots. TAC members saturated the block and located a red Jeep Cherokee occupied by one individual heading southbound from the scene. They stopped the Jeep and found it had been struck two times by gunfire.
They say the driver was found to have a Revoked Driver’s License and was arrested, and that a loaded 9 mm pistol was found under the seat of the vehicle. The driver was turned over to the Rockford Police Department for further investigation.
While on scene, another person approached deputies at the scene and allegedly attacked one of the officers. The deputy received only minor injuries. That man was arrested as well after a brief struggle.
The following charges have been filed:
Charles Griffin, 38 of Rockford
- Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon
- Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon
- Armed Habitual Criminal
Anthony D. Skelton, 46 of Rockford
- Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer
- Resisting Arrest