Update: RPD releases information on the home invasion spree in Rockford. If you have any info. call the RPD or you can relay the tip to us, and we can relay it to the police anonymously for you. Details below
On Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at approximately 0235 hours Rockford Police Officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of 12th Ave. reference a Home Invasion.
Victims advised they were in the residence when the suspects forced open the back door and entered the residence armed with handguns. Suspects took personal property from the victims prior to fleeing the area on foot in an unknown direction.
No injuries were reported.
Suspects were described as 4 unknown race males wearing dark clothing armed with handguns.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Rockford Police Department @ (815) 966-2900
Update: 1 confirmed shooting victim. The male victim is reported to be dead outside by a tree. Unconfirmed reports are saying there are 2 more victims as well. 1 confirmed, 3 possible shooting victims.
A man was shot in the chest at the same location the night before around 2 am. The victim self transported to a nearby hospital. It is unknown if these 2 shootings are related. (Man shot in the chest last night, Man murdered tonight with possibly 2 more victims at the same location within 24 hours)
Police are currently using dogs to track the scent of the suspect in this murder. That suspect is described as a Black male wearing a White shirt and was last seen running westbound in the yards.
Sources are reporting a shooting victim in Rockford.
It happened just after 2 am in the 1200 block of 8th st. Google maps shows it to be near 12th ave.
Details are minimal right now.
Approx. 5-8 shots were fired according to sources who live near the location.
At least one shooting victim near this location. We have been told it is a fatal, but not yet confirmed.
Suspect is described as a Black male with a White shirt, last seen on westbound through the yards on foot in the area.
No other information.
Source who lives nearby said: ” I woke up from a dead sleep telling my daughter to get on the ground. This happened just 4 days ago also during the day (shots fired) while police where already on scene but they didn’t care there were 4 shots fired no one hit then! ”
MURDER INVESTIGATION: A 32-year-old man was found outside an apartment building in the 1200 block of 8th Street suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit are conducting a follow up investigation into the incident which does not appear to be random.
Update from a source: “Baby from accident is fine resting ,in a little pain with some bumps bruises”
Sources are reporting an accident on the East side.
With possible shots fired just prior to the accident.
4 shots were heard just prior to the accident.
It happened just before 2:30 am this morning near 12th ave and 25th st.
Initial reports said a car vs building, back of the school. An infant was involved and the infant was not breathing and the infant was bleeding.
The mother and infant left while emergency personnel were trying to do an assessment at the scene. Transported to a local ER via her own vehicle.
Admin Will went to the scene to work the story and he has worked several fatals over the years as well. And he said it did not appear to be a fatal. And he did not see any buildings hit. He said it appeared to be only a traffic accident from what he saw at the scene.
He did say that police were on 12th ave and 23rd st, and someone was in the back seat of the squad car. So this possibly might of been an accident where the occupant fled, and police caught the occupant.
He said the vehicle crashed into a ditch area near 25th st and 12th ave, and into a part of a baseball diamond fence.
He said he did not see any evidence markers laying anywhere, so the shots fired is unconfirmed. But several sources have reported the gunshots.
Police have yet to release any information on the incident.
Rockford police were doing a standoff with a suspect on the East side. It started around 5 pm near 13th ave and 12th st.
Several officers were setup around a residence. Some officers had their rifles out. Around 6 pm the suspect came out of the residence and RPD took him into custody. At the time of writing this, it is not yet known what the suspect was wanted for. No other information at this time.
Sources are reporting a possible bomb in Rockford.
It happened just before 5 pm in the area of 12th st and 5th ave in Rockford.
Reports of a suspicious package, with a possible bomb inside it.
Bomb Squad en route. Still developing.
Update: Police said it was an empty package, but sources at the scene said the police told everyone to go in their houses and stay inside, even though police said it was an empty package. So it is unclear if the situation is still active or cleared.