Winnebago County Coroner has identified the victim as 30-year-old Desiree Weir-Stephens from Rockford. She passed away from a gunshot wound to the head.
Source is saying: “The woman was shot in the head from behind, the bullet came out the front. The young man who was involved has been cleared and released on self defense.
People at the women’s home came out and start shooting at the young man who’s image was on RRStar. He started shooting back in self defense.
He did not shoot her, it was someone with her that shot her from behind. The young man surrendered after the shooting and has been home since yesterday night, with no charges.
And the individual described as the shooter never had a gun, his is also home.”
On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018, shortly before 4:30 p.m. patrol officers and detectives from the Rockford Police Department responded to a residence in the 200 block of Royal Avenue in reference to a shooting investigation. When they arrived, officers located a 30-year-old female victim who had apparently been shot in the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries. The name of the victim is not being released pending the notification of family.
The Rockford Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving this crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Investigations Bureau (779-500-6551) or Crime Stoppers (815-963-7867).
This is an on-going investigation and no further details are available at this time. Further information will be released should it become available.
The victim has passed away.
Autopsy will be performed tomorrow. Her name has yet to be released.
One person was confirmed shot.
A female in her 30’s. Sounds like the victim was shot in the head.
Transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.
Suspect information: Black male in his 20’s that fled the scene on foot.
Police and emergency personnel are on scene.
Reports just came in of a shooting victim at 215 Royal Avenue in Rockford. We have a crew en route to the scene. Still developing. More details to come!
Unrelated note: This is the second shooting scene in Rockford this afternoon. Earlier ~ CLICK HERE