Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato, Chief of the Criminal Bureau Marilyn Hite Ross and Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea announce charges against two individuals for the April, 2017 shooting off of Longwood Street in Rockford.
On the afternoon of April 5th, 2017, at approximately 4:35 p.m. Rockford Police were called to the area of North Longwood Street and Rural Street after several reports that shots had been fired in the area.
At the scene, officers found a vehicle that had been struck by gunfire. The driver, 69-year-old Richard Griffin, had been hit by one of the rounds. A second occupant in Griffin’s vehicle was not hurt. Griffin was taken to the hospital, and is still being treated for the injuries he sustained. Detectives learned the defendants were firing shots at another vehicle occupied by two other persons near Longwood and Rural Streets when the vehicle Griffin was driving was struck.
Perriyon L. King (D.O.B. 11/9/1996) faces Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Attempt First Degree Murder and Mob Action Charges.
Edmond Lilly, Jr. (D.O.B. 3/1/1992) faces Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Attempt First Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Armed Habitual Criminal and Mob Action Charges.
Aggravated Battery is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Attempt First Degree Murder is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release. Pursuant to statute, the sentence is extendable up to an additional 15 years to Natural Life.
Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon is a Class 2 Felony that is punishable by a special sentence of 3-14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Armed Habitual Criminal is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Mob Action is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Another Shooting Victim in Rockford
ISP audio from their broadcast says the suspect information.
The RPD just released this:
The 69 year old victim from the shooting incident on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 near the intersection of Longwood Street and Rural Street is in critical condition at a local hospital and continues to be treated for life-threatening injuries.
Detectives from the Rockford Police Department continue to investigate the shooting and follow-up on leads provided by the community. Based on several of those leads investigators have been able to locate and recover both the Maroon Nissan SUV and the Blue Mazda SUV believed to be involved in the shooting incident. At this time no arrests have been made and no charges have been authorized against any suspects related to this shooting.
Thanks to the un-encrypted airwaves of the Illinois State police, we are now able to know the suspects in the shooting. Please share this, so the suspect information gets out there, since the Rockford Police are encrypted and won’t release any information. SHARE SHARE SHARE SHARE!!!
Disclaimer: All parties are innocent until proven in a court of law
NOTE: Rockford Scanner fan said they have called the Rockford Police repeatedly on this suspect for dealing drugs.
On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at about 4:30 p.m. patrol officers and detectives from the Rockford Police Department responded to the area of North Longwood Street and Rural Street in reference to a call for shots fired. Witnesses reported that a blue vehicle and a red vehicle, both travelling northbound on Longwood Street, were involved in the gunfire. Both of those vehicles fled the scene prior to officers arriving in the area.
At the scene officers located a third vehicle, not involved in the exchange of gunfire, which had been struck. The driver of the third vehicle, a 69 year old male, was struck by one of the rounds. A second occupant of the third vehicle was not injured. The victim was transported to a local hospital by Rockford Fire Department ambulance where he is in critical condition and is being treated for life-threatening injuries. The name of the victim is not being released at this time.
Detectives from the Rockford Police Department are conducting a follow-up investigation into the shooting. Based on the information available at this time it is believed that the two vehicles involved in the gunfire are a Maroon Nissan SUV and a Blue Mazda SUV. Video of the two vehicles was recovered from surveillance cameras in the area of North Longwood Street.
Still photos from the video are attached to this release.
UPDATE: RS fan said the victim was shot in the head. Reports are saying the victim was an innocent bystander, after suspects in 2 vehicles were shooting at each other and the victim was struck by the gunfire. Due to RPD encryption, still no suspect information. Still developing.
At this time (7:20 pm) , The ONLY information the RPD has released, is: The Rockford Police Dept. is currently involved in a police activity at Rural Street and N. Longwood Street. Please avoid this area for the next several hours (They have yet to even acknowledge a shooting happened)
UPDATE: RPD labeled it as a “Weapons Violation”
NOTE: Several RS fans are reporting the Winnebago County Coroners office is on scene. We can not confirm this yet.
Details are minimal right now, around 4:33 pm today several emergency personnel were dispatched for a shooting victim in the area of Longwood and Rural. Sounds like the victim may be in a vehicle in the northbound lanes. No suspect information due to the RPD encryption. This is still developing.
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