UPDATE: A person had an umbrella, and someone thought it was a gun.
So they treated the scene as an active shooter scene.
The situation is wrapping up. Everyone is SAFE.
Police have reviewed the cameras and also cleared the school several times. Situation is clear and everyone is safe. They treated this as an active shooter scene, to be safe.
The school released this:
Our school has been secured by the Rockford law enforcement agencies due to a report they received. There are no reported injuries from any student or staff member. Every student has been accounted for and has been transported to a secure location. At this time we are cooperating with law enforcement to ensure a safe and proper procedure.
Parents, we will keep you posted as to when we will dismiss
UPDATE from the police: Berean Baptist Christian School has been evacuated after reports of a possible armed suspect, according to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office. Treating the scene as an active shooter scene.
No injuries, police are accounting for all the students right now. And they are bringing the students over at Anna Page School, where they are releasing the students to the parents there.
Update from a source: “A woman in the parking lot around pick up time thought she saw a man go in the building with a rifle. It was a person with an umbrella with a strap on it, and after that a man ran in the building with a hammer apparently to catch the man with the rifle that was never there. Everyone is safe. The police are doing a second sweep of the school just to be sure. But false alarm. Better to be safe than sorry. And the school is always locked no matter what time it is and everyone has to be buzzed in so they would have recognized the parent with the umbrella coming in to pick up their child.”
Several sources are reporting a major scene in Rockford
Approximately 30 police officers from numerous jurisdictions are at a school, Berean Baptist school. And more police are still arriving on scene.
They have a command center and numerous officers, k-9’s, and ambulances are all on scene
It is not yet known what is going on, they are staging over at Anna |Page. They said they are going to be meeting parents of the students there
It is highly recommended to avoid this area
Students were scene crouching down and hiding behind objects. Police are setting up a perimeter in the area around the school.
it is not yet known exactly what is going on, due to the police encryption.
As soon as we know more information we will update this
Sources reported hearing multiple gunshots on the west side.
During the same time shots were fired, there was a carjacking at Green st and Johnston ave.
Shots were fired in the same general area of the carjacking.
Reports of people in two different vehicles shooting at each other.
Unknown if these incidents are related.
Police were chasing a vehicle on the west side a short time later, that ended near Winnebago and Garfield.
Numerous police officers were on scene. RPD, ISP, WCSO. They had a large perimeter setup in the area. Unknown what the suspects look like. At least one suspect was at large. They had a police K-9 assist in tracking the suspect, but was unsuccessful.
RPD did confirm a police chase and shots fired and the carjacking, but would not say if all these incidents were all related.
The vehicle ended up near the dead end of Garfield, just west of Winnebago in the eastbound lanes just before the stop sign.
Sources were reporting several officers out on foot searching the area of Liberty and Belden for shell casings, unknown if this is related to these incidents.
Unknown if these scenes are all related or separate incidents.
UPDATE: The suspect crashed near Halsted and Searles Update: In custody, sources reporting they are the possible suspects in a recent burglary to a local gun store. And is wanted for fleeing from police earlier today. It is reported to also be a stolen van.
Details are minimal, due to the encryption.
Several sources were reporting a high speed chase near Roscoe.
Reports of numerous police officers were chasing a white van eastbound on Elevator rd, just before 7 pm.
Reports of several officers chasing the vehicle doing around 100 MPH, in a 35 MPH zone.
UPDATE: Approx. 20 police officers chasing the vehicle down 173.
We are getting reports they went southbound into Loves Park and are headed into Rockford by the YMCA, as of 7:19 PM. Approx. 20 police cars still in hot pursuit in this high speed chase. We been told by sources, this person might possibly be wanted for a shooting incident but can not confirm this. They are headed into Rockford, from Loves Park in a White Van. Still developing
UPDATE: Last seen Rockton and Halstead area.
Note: Several police officers have chased this vehicle from Roscoe, over to the Poplar Grove area, back towards Loves Park and is now in the area of the YMCA in Rockford. Last seen crossing the Whitman st bridge with approx. 20 cop cars in close pursuit.
Around 1 am this morning several police officers had a vehicle stopped in an alleyway near 8th st and 12th ave. Sources are reporting the WCSO initiated a traffic stop near this location. At least one alleged suspect (unknown description) fled on foot Eastbound from the vehicle.
A police K-9 was called in to search the vehicle and track the suspect. The dog went East from the vehicle.
It is unclear if they were able to catch the suspect, because the police K-9 did not track long.