Winnebago County Coroner’s Office has identified the 3 victims:
- 65 year old Thomas Furseth of Machesney Park
- 73 year old Dennis Steinhoff of Rockford
- 69 year old Jerome Woodfork of Rockford
Army Sgt. 1st Class Duke Webb, 37, was arrested for a shooting in Rockford, Illinois Dec. 26.“We are shocked and saddened to learn about this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded,” said Col. John W. Sannes, commander of 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
Webb is a Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), located at Camp Bull Simons, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He joined the Army in 2008 and was on leave when the shooting occurred.
The Army will continue to provide full assistance to the Rockford Police Department as they continue investigating this incident.
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
The 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Area of Responsibility (AOR) includes the land mass of Latin America south of Mexico; the waters adjacent to Central America and South America; the Caribbean Sea, its 13 island nations, European and U.S. territories; the Gulf of Mexico; and a portion of the Atlantic Ocean. It encompasses 32 countries (19 in Central and South America and 13 in the Caribbean) and covers about 15.6 million square miles. The region represents about one-sixth of the landmass of the world assigned to regional unified commands. The 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) also supports the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. De Oppresso Liber!
The 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (7th SFG) (A) is an operational unit of the United States Army Special Forces activated on 20 May 1960. It was reorganized from the 77th Special Forces Group, which was also stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 7th Group—as it is sometime called—is designed to deploy and execute nine doctrinal missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counter-insurgency, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, information operations, counterproliferation of weapon of mass destruction, and security force assistance. The 7th SFG(A) spends much of its time conducting foreign internal defense, counter-drug, and training missions of friendly governments’ armed forces in South, Central, and North America as well as the Caribbean. 7th SFG(A) participated in Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada in 1983, and in Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989. The 7th SFG(S) has, like all the SFGs, been heavily deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the War on Terror.
Since early 2002, the 7th SFG has deployed almost nonstop in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. 7th SFG along with the 3rd Special Forces Group are the two SFGs responsible for conducting operations in Afghanistan. The Group has also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom numerous times, but not as often as Afghanistan. The 7th SFG has lost more SF soldiers in the Global War on Terrorism than any other SFG.
In 2011, 7th SFG(A) relocated from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round
Sources: US military and wiki
Sources have told us this is the alleged suspect. Chief O’Shea has confirmed this and also said the alleged suspect is a current member of the US military. And resides in Florida.
The 3 victims that were killed were only identified as a 73 year old male, 65 year old male, and a 69 year old male. The victims that were shot, but alive were described as a 14 year old male was shot in the face, 16 year old female that was shot in the shoulder, 62 year old male shot multiple times and was flown to Madison and was in critical condition.
The firearms recovered at the scene are only described as 2 handguns.
Chief O’Shea said that his officers were on scene within 1 minute of the shots being fired and quickly entered the building and was able to apprehend the suspect who was trying to disguise himself and hide the weapons.
Exclusive video sent to us by RS source Max
Video has the shots being fired. Viewer discretion is advised.
UPDATE: Chief O’Shea has confirmed 6 shooting victims.
3 victims have passed away.
37-year-old white male suspect is in custody.
There are no others being sought at this time
RS source Amanda Hollenbeck was at Don Carter when the shooting happened and told us: “So my boyfriend matt and I were ordering drinks and we heard a loud pop I kind of froze.. and my boyfriend pulled me to shelter on the balcony… 1 dead on the balcony. There was at least 12 of us hiding on the balcony as he emptied a clip”
RS source Matt Rider was also there and told us: ” I was at the shooting. There are multiple deaths. The guy got off about 2 dozen shots I was with my gf and 5 or 6 others trapped in a corner in the upstairs balcony. ”
Update: The man who jumped, is alive. He contacted us, and told us that he was trying to seek help from an officer that was passing by at the time.
He was also able to assist several people to safety. He also reported to us the suspect shot the first guy right down the stairs, the victim walked up the stairs but was shot again. Another man was shot while attempting to get away off the balcony.”
Note: We have a lot of footage and photos that we are going to be posting in a bit. So check back later.
Several sources are reporting a major scene at a local business.
Sources said multiple people have been shot at or near Don Carter Lanes on E State st.
Reports of possible multiple victims.
Numerous emergency personnel are on scene.
Officials have not released any information.
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