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First and foremost: I want to personally say thank you to everyone who has been sending in your content and tips! Very much appreciated! We have gotten numerous reports of several businesses and ATM’s being robbed tonight in the Rockford and surrounding areas. I am not able to confirm all the tips that were sent in. So I am not going to put a lot of the businesses names in this article, because I can not confirm anything and do not want to post any mis-information. So I am going to post below what info I do know right now, and only that and will update this as time goes on.
Numerous first responders are out working hard and keeping our city safe tonight. They are well armed and ready to take action when needed. Business owners have been protecting their businesses by arming themselves and standing guard. We can confirm many officers are working not only in Rockford but also Loves Park and other surrounding areas to keep our streets safe.
There were some people injured during a looting incident earlier tonight in Rockford. We were told they were beaten pretty good. I can confirm at least 2 people have been injured and transported to local hospitals to be treated. As for the severity of the injuries, I do not know yet.
As of right now this is what I do know. A group gathered at Belden Park on Belden on Rockford’s West side. Shortly afterwards they left, and the crimes began. I can confirm there was a group gathered at the park, but I can not confirm this group was the one going around town causing havoc.
There are reports of fires in the Rockford area. Dumpster fire in the 2700 block of Colorado, another dumpster fire in downtown, a large trash fire in the 700 block of N Sunset. Reports of the crowd who set the fire was posing with a camera in front of the fire. There was a structure fire at 7th st and 10th ave. We were told that there may have been possible shots fired. We can not yet confirm this. The building had a red X on the front, usually that means the building is vacant. (More info on the structure fire later on on our website)
We have been told many businesses have been looted again along with some ATM’s. I did see some people messing with an ATM at PNC Bank on W Jefferson. We have gotten unconfirmed reports that the ATM’s at S Main and Marchesano and the Cash Store on Kishwaukee were hit. Sources sent us video from the cash store scene on Kishwaukee, so we can confirm the scene there.
We can confirm that Target on E State st had injuries there and several emergency personnel on scene. We were told this was from a looting incident. It is not clear if the store was looted, or if the injuries happened as they tried to loot the store. We do know there were many reports of security being posted at Target, before the incident happened.
We saw some people vandalizing the bus stop on E State st near the Rockford College. While they were vandalizing the bus stop, several officers were a few blocks west of there working a scene near Flintridge and E State. It is unclear what the scene they were working. I can confirm several officers were on scene and a few people were detained. And it appeared they were towing a vehicle as well.
Emergency personnel were at Maries Pizza at Charles and 12th. I can confirm that emergency personnel were on scene and that a male was picking up glass and debris. It is unclear if it was looted or just vandalized. The suspects in this are 4 males. One of them is 5’0, grey shirt, black pants and mixed race. Another is described as a black male, blue mask, blue addias suit with a stripe, and suspects 3 and 4 are only described as males wearing all black. Last seen South on 12th.
We can confirm an armed robbery in the 2900 block of Broadway. Unknown on injuries or suspect information.
We can confirm both gunfire and also fireworks going off in the city tonight. There are a lot of locations, so instead of naming each place I am just going to keep this generalized and say all over the area. Like I said, there are alot of locations that we can confirm, but I am not going to write them all down here. No reports of any shooting victims as of yet. And again, some fireworks have also been going off as well. There were some very large fireworks that went off on the East side.
We can confirm the local Walmarts have taken alot of the items that people could use as weapons, off of their shelves and closed down early. There were unconfirmed reports of some local Walmarts being looted, but all we can confirm is they took many items off of their shelves as a precaution and closed down early.
Walgreens on Charles and 20th st was looted. The suspects broke the glass on the front doors. Sources said the suspect took pop and cigarettes. You can see a lot of shattered glass from the roadway, with the sliding doors propped halfway open.
Again, we have gotten numerous reports of several other businesses and ATM’s that have been hit. But I can not confirm that information at this time, and I do not want to put out any mis-information. I am working hard to try to confirm these other scenes, but as of right this second, I am not able to confirm anymore scenes.
We can confirm many officers patrolling our city and many officers and security and business owners are keeping their businesses safe and the city safe.
And that the group that is going around causing trouble is only a handful of people tonight. It is unknown if any arrests have been made.
Update: RPD said they have made 6 arrests.
I am in the process of trying to work on everyones content that was sent in. So bear with me. I hope to have the content posted up on our website later on. I want to personally say thank you to everyone who has sent in their content, keep up the amazing work!
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