On Sunday, October 6, 2019 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Winnebago County Deputies were dispatched to Cronies’ Bar, 9032 N. Second St., in Machesney Park for a person shot.
Upon arrival, Deputies found a male with a gunshot wound. The victim was transported by ambulance to Javon Bea Hospital Riverside where he was pronounced deceased.
Witnesses reported that the victim was involved in an altercation shortly before being shot.
A short time later, Javon Bea Hospital Rockton reported that a male had arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound. The victim was treated and released for a non-life threatening.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives identified a suspect during the investigation and met with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney who authorized charges. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant and the suspect was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail on the following charges:
~Kenneth J. Johnson Dob: 09/16/91 of Rockford
-First Degree Murder (8 counts)
-Aggravated Battery with a Firearm
-Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Bond was set at $5,000,000.00 cash.
The victim was identified as Russell D. Jefferson (age 31) of Rockford. An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Monday.
The charges against Kenneth J. Johnson are merely accusations and he is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Two victims are confirmed shot. One of the victims is confirmed dead. This is now a murder investigation. The other victim is allegedly shot in the hand/arm, and officials said that victim is suffering from non life threatening injuries. Police have yet to release any suspect information.
Note: Police labeled this double shooting as a “Special patrol request”
Reports of 2 people have been shot during a birthday party at Cronies Grill at 9032 N 2nd st just after 1:30 am. (We have been told there is possibly up to 4 shooting victims, 2 at the scene and 2 self transported) It is not yet known on the severity of the injuries at this time, we have been told that one of the victims possibly has life threatening injuries but officials have not yet confirmed this. The victim with the alleged life threatening injuries was found laying on the dance floor area of the business. The other victim at the scene is alleged to have been shot in the hand/arm area. Reports of an argument, then several shots were fired. Two ambulances were on scene, along with numerous police officers from several jurisdictions. Police were searching for a suspect in the area, they found a vehicle with a gun inside it and think it is possibly related to this shooting, but they are not yet sure and are investigating it further. Several officers and emergency personnel from several jurisdictions were on scene (WCSO, LPPD, Roscoe, Rockton, ISP, HRFD, NPFD). Police have not released any information on this shooting yet, if they do we will update this.
Video from the party inside the bar, just a few minutes before the shooting. Video by Tim B.
NOTE: RPD did not even log this shooting scene into their call logs
Several sources are reporting a shooting incident in downtown Rockford.
It happened near 4th and Market overnight, at or near the Rue Marche.
Approx. 10 gunshots were heard from several sources.
I have been told by a few sources there was a shooting victim. But the RPD has not confirmed this. They have not even confirmed the shooting incident.
Sources said that the RPD had put up the crime scene tape and had collected several shell casings, prior to my arrival on scene to work this story.
(See live video below)
No suspect information, but sources said a vehicle was heard fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed and squealing tires as it fled. So it is safe to assume the alleged suspect(s) are still on the loose in the streets of Rockford.
We sat on this story to see if the school district, Rolling Green neighborhood, or the RPD would release any information on this incident. Almost 6 hours later, still not a peep from any of them on this incident.
Sources are reporting a scene near the Rolling Green Elementary School this morning.
RPD were investigating a possible armed subject near the school.
RPD call log shows it as a suspicious person incident.
A white male in his 50’s wearing a blue shirt, they thought might have been armed with a gun. The man was last seen near Louisiana.
Several sources are reporting a possible shooting incident in Rockford. It happened late this afternoon near the McDonalds on Auburn st. Sources are reporting several officers on scene, and a bunch of evidence markers on the ground, next to some shell casings. We have been told there might be one person injured, but not yet confirmed. No other information at this time.