On Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at about 3:40 p.m. patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to the intersection of Rural Street and Prospect Street in reference to a call for shots fired. As officers arrived on scene they learned that a shooting victim, later identified as 27 year old William Jackson of Rockford, had driven himself to a local hospital. Jackson was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds that he received during the shooting incident at Rural Street and Prospect Street. Jackson was admitted to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
Based on the information available at this time it is believed that Jackson was driving alone in his vehicle when a passenger from another vehicle fired numerous rounds in his direction. The unknown suspect vehicle then fled in an unknown direction. Following the shooting Jackson’s vehicle struck the vehicle of another motorist. Jackson then drove himself to the hospital. The other motorist was not injured during the incident.
On 12/13/16 at 3:39 p.m. Rockford Police Officers responded the area of Rural St and Prospect for calls of shots fired. Arriving Officers located a crime scene in the intersection and several spent shell casings were recovered. Shortly after arriving on scene it was learned that a 27 year old male shooting victim had drove himself to a local hospital for treatment. Additional Officers responded to the hospital and confirmed that this victim was in fact injured at Rural and Prospect.
According to witnesses, the victim was traveling west on Rural St stopped at the stop sign at Prospect when the suspect vehicle pulled alongside of him. The suspect then began shooting directly at the victim’s vehicle and then fled the scene. The victim in attempt to drive away ended up colliding into a passerby’s vehicle that was stopped at the intersection. There was no one injured as a result of the traffic crash. Officers also did not locate anything in the area that had been struck by gunfire.
The suspect was described as a black male armed with a handgun driving a red car. At the time of this post the victim’s gunshot wounds appear to be serious however non-life threatening.