UPDATED 9:24 AM PT – Monday, December 28, 2020
A U.S. Army Special Forces sergeant has been charged in connection to a shooting at an Illinois bowling alley, which left three people dead.
On Sunday, officers charged 37-year-old Duke Webb with three-counts of murder and three-counts of first-degree attempted murder after he opened fire at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford.
Officials said he opened fire randomly on all of the patrons at the scene on Saturday, killing three civilians and wounding three others. The U.S. Army also confirmed Webb to be an active military member.
“Within several minutes, the officers were able to locate what they believe is the suspect and he was taken into custody without the officers firing their weapons,” stated Chief Dan O’Shea of the Rockford Police Department.
Officers believe Webb is the only person responsible for the shootings. The victims were identified as three males with ages of 65, 69 and 73-years-old who’s names have not yet been disclosed.
“Wounded by the shooting was a 14-year-old who was shot in the face. He was subsequently airlifted to Madison and is in current stable condition,” Chief O’Shea continued. “A 16-year-old female was shot in the shoulder, and she’s been treated and released from a local hospital.”
As for a motive, officers believe the shooting was a random attack and said Webb does not have any known ties to the victims. He’s due to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Army said they will provide full assistance in the ongoing investigation.