An active-duty Special Forces soldier has been charged with murder after three people were killed and three other were wounded in a shooting at a bowling alley in Illinois on Saturday.
Duke Webb was identified by authorities despite his efforts to conceal his identity and weapons from the police.
The 37-year-old active-duty soldier was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.
According to Rockford Police Chief Daniel O’Shea, the shooting at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford was reported to the police around 6:55pm.
“Upon arrival, officers heard gunfire from inside the building,” said O’Shea.
“Within several minutes, the officers were able to locate what they believed was the suspect and he was taken into custody without any officers firing their weapons.”
The officers responding to the scene found three people dead three others with injuries from gunfire – whom were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Two of those wounded by the shooting includes a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the face and a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the shoulder.
A 62-year-old male received multiple gunshot wounds, and remains in critical condition after undergoing surgery overnight.
“I’m angered and saddened by the violence tonight at Don Carter Lanes,” said Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara in a statement posted on Facebook.
“My thoughts are with the families of those who lost loved ones. I’m also thinking of those who were injured and my hopes are with them for a quick and full recovery.”
Webb is a sergeant first class currently assigned as an assistant operations and intelligence sergeant to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, which is based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Known as the Green Berets for its official headwear, Special Forces units are often deployed to intercept terrorist activity or insurgency abroad.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn about this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded,” Col. John W. Sannes, commander of the 7th Special Forces Group said.