Three shot dead after gunman opens fire at bowling alley in Rockford, Illinois

A gunman has opened fire inside a bowling alley in Illinois, killing three people and injuring three others in what authorities believe was a random attack.

A “person of interest” was taken into custody after the shooting on Saturday night at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford, about 80 miles (128 kilometres) north-west of Chicago, police said.

Rockford’s police chief, Dan O’Shea, said during a news conference that two of those who were shot were teenagers.

O’Shea did not immediately release additional information about the victims or the person who was taken into custody. He described the scene as contained and said he did not think any officers fired their weapons while apprehending the person of interest.

The Rockford Register Star reported that 2020 has been the city’s deadliest year for homicides, according to records that date back to 1965. Thirty-five people have been killed in the city this year, breaking the previous record of 31 in 1996.


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