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Attempted Murder Charge after Shooting Investigation
ROCKFORD, Ill. – Last Thursday, April 6, 2023, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Rockford Police
officers responded to the 300 block of East State Street for reports of a shooting victim inside of
Jimmy John’s. Upon arrival, officers located and observed a 32-year-old male suffering from an
apparent gunshot wound to the face. He was transported to a local hospital where he was
treated for his injuries. During the investigation, officers were advised that the victim was shot
next to his vehicle in a parking lot adjacent to Jimmy John’s, where he subsequently ran inside for
Rockford Police Violent Crimes and Gang Units conducted a follow-up investigation and 26-year-
old Michael Blue was identified as a suspect. On April 10, 2023, after a review of the facts of the
case, The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized a warrant for Blue. He was
taken into custody yesterday, April 11, 2023, in the 10000 block of Monarch Road in Roscoe and
lodged in the County Jail.
While being taken into custody, Blue was also found to be in possession
of a large amount of cocaine.
Michael Blue, 26, Chicago/Rockford Attempted Murder
Aggravated Battery with a Firearm
Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon
Aggravated Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm
Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine
As with any and all investigations, there may be further arrests and charges at a later date.
The charges are merely accusations and all individuals are considered innocent unless proven
guilty in a court of law.
If you have any information regarding this incident or any incidents, please contact the Rockford
Police Department at 815-966-2900, on Facebook (@RockfordIllinoisPoliceDepartment) or on
Twitter (@RockfordPD). To submit an anonymous tip, text the word RPDTIP and your tip to
847411 or get the Rockford PD App n the App Store or Google Play Store. You can also leave an
anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867. ###
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