A US Army Green Beret has been assigned to the Army’s Seventh Special Forces Group in a fatal shooting in a bowling alley in Illinois, officials said Sunday.
The suspect was Duke Webb, 37, an Army Sergeant first class taken into custody Authorities said the shooting killed three people and injured three others in the city of Rockford on Saturday night.
Sergeant Webb was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of first-degree murder.
“We believe this is a completely random act,” Rockford Police Chief, Dan O’Shea, Said at a press conference on Sunday. He said there was no known association or prior involvement of the gunman and the victims.
All six victims were shot, the chief said. Three men aged 73, 65 and 69 were killed.
A 14-year-old male was shot in the face and was in stable condition. A 16-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and treated and later released, and a 62-year-old man had multiple gunshot wounds and was in critical condition, Chief O’Shea said. said.
The identities of the killed and injured were not immediately available.
According to an army statement on Sunday afternoon, Sergeant Webb was on leave at the time of the shooting.
He joined the Army in 2008 and is a Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant assigned to the Third Battalion to the Seventh Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Camp Arthur “Bull” Simmons of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Colonel John W., commander of the Seventh Special Forces Group (AeroA). “We are shocked and saddened to learn of this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured,” said Sens.
Officers responded to the firing call at 6:55 pm local time. When officers arrived at the bowling alley, Don Carter Lane, the gunman was still in the building, Chief O’Shay said.
He said officers did not fire his weapons, and the gunman tried to obscure his identity but did not elaborate. He said two handguns, which the gunman tried to hide, were recovered at the scene.
The chief declined to comment on a motive, and it was unclear what Sergeant Webb was doing in Illinois.
“Pray,” Don Carter Lane, about 90 miles northwest of Chicago, Wrote on facebook.
And in a separate post, it was written: “A heinous act of violence by an evil coward took an innocent life tonight. The entire bowling community loses its sense of life and prays for the families. “
Tom McNamara, Rockford Mayor, Said on facebook He was “angry and saddened by the violence tonight at Don Carter Lane.”
Eric Schmidt contributed to reporting.