Update: Not yet confirmed, but sources are reporting this is the alleged suspect in this robbery. The jail confirms that Nickolas Wright was arrested for armed robbery, but police have yet to confirm that it was for this incident.
Sources reporting another armed robbery in Rockford.
This robbery happened near 453 N Springfield ave around 10 pm.
The Mobil gas station was robbed at gunpoint.
Suspect came in and demanded money, then fled.
Suspect is a black male wearing a dark hoody and a white halloween mask armed with a small semi automatic handgun.
Fled northbound from the scene. Police setup a perimeter and used a K-9 to track the suspect, which was unsuccessful.
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