Weekend Gunfire Plagues Rockford Neighborhoods


Curtis Robinson says he didn’t believe it at first when this car came crashing into his front yard.

“I’ve lived here for 26 years and never had anything like this really go on.”

Witnesses later telling police the car was involved in a shootout near intersection of 10th Avenue and 18th Street.

“I heard a crash, and thought it was my neighbor throwing something out or that,” said Robinson. “I looked out my back door, my back porch, then looked out front and saw lights shining and I thought he was parked on the wrong side of the street.”

Robinson says he opened his front door to find the car in his yard with no one inside. The driver later walking into a local emergency room with a gunshot wound to his left arm.

“You always say it’s getting close to home, but now it is home when you look out and see the car in your front yard.”

Robinson’s street wasn’t the only one that saw gunfire over the weekend. On Javelin Drive, bullet holes riddle the front of a duplex. The window of the car in the driveway completely shattered after police say up to 70 shots were fired. Another home on Garfield Drive shot at from the front and side.

Robinson says to him, it seems like no part of the city is safe.

“This happens on every corner of the city.”

Rockford Alderman Ann Thompson-Kelly (D-7th Ward) says police have already identified the city’s violent crime hot-spots, but more can still be done.

“We have put cameras in the majority of them,” she said. “We need to go a step farther than that. Identifying hot spots…we need to do something to curb hot spots.”

Robinson says he worries for the city he grew up in.

“It’s reallly changed over the last couple years, it’s really gotten a lot worse than it ever was. I was born and raised here and it’s just a lot different,” he said.

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