Special Forces soldier charged for mass shooting in Illinois that killed three

Army Special Forces Sergeant Duke Webb

The man who allegedly opened fire inside an Illinois bowling alley Saturday night, killing three and wounding three others, is an active member of the U.S. Army, officials said Sunday.

Rockford Police Chief Daniel O’Shea said Sunday that 37-year-old Duke Webb, originally from Florida, has been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder for the shooting at Don Carter Lanes.

Army Special Forces Sergeant Duke Webb

The Army said Webb is a Special Forces assistant operations and intelligence sergeant based at Camp Bull Simons, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He joined the Army in 2008 and was on leave Saturday.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn about this tragic event,” said Col. John W. Sannes, commander of 7th Special Forces Group. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded.”

Officers were dispatched to the bowling alley just before 7 p.m. Saturday after calls of shots fired and were able to locate the suspect and take him into custody without firing their weapons, O’Shea said.

Webb attempted to obscure his face and hide his weapons as police closed in, O’Shea said, but most of the incident was captured on surveillance footage at the bowling alley.

A 73-year-old man, a 69-year-old man and a 65-year-old man were killed in the shooting, O’Shea announced.

A 14-year-old boy was shot in the face and was airlifted to a Madison hospital, where he is currently in stable condition. A 16-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder and was treated and released from a local hospital. A 62-year-old man was shot multiple times and was rushed into surgery overnight. He remains in critical condition.

“Today with the eyes of the nation upon us we need to show them how we respond as Rockfordians,” Mayor Thomas McNamara said during a press conference Sunday.


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