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Duke Webb Biography
Duke Webb is an active duty member of the US Army who was named by authorities as the suspect charged in the mass shooting at Don Carter’s bowling alley in Rockford, Illinois. Three people died and three others were injured. “We believe this is a completely random act,” Police Chief Dan O’Shea said at a press conference on December 27.
Police are in contact with the US Army about Duke Webb, he said. He faces three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. He tried to disguise himself when police arrived, according to the chief. O’Shea said the motive is unclear, but the suspect is not believed to have known the victims, who have yet to be identified.
The business also houses a take-out restaurant, and the teens who were injured in the mass shooting were there just to pick up food, police said.
UPDATE: A 37-year-old white male suspect is in custody. No more is being sought at this time, ”Rockford police tweeted on the night of December 26.
Two hours earlier, police wrote: “Please stay away from the Don Carter area on East State Street. It is still an active situation and officials continue to clear the area. ”
Duke Webb Is From Florida But Has Ties to Missouri
Duke Webb was described by the police chief as a resident of the state of Florida and a current active duty military member. Online records show he has prior ties to Missouri. It is unclear why he was in Rockford the day after Christmas. However, family posts on Facebook indicated that he has relatives who live in Illinois, including in the Rockford area.
His sister, who was from Sikeston, Missouri, died at age 40 in 2019, according to her obituary. That obituary says that Webb also has a brother. His brother lives in Illinois, about three hours from Rockford in Glen Carbon.
Online records show that Webb was listed as a title manager for a Florida investment company at one point.
Online records show that Webb had a P.O. Box tied to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
O’Shea said at an initial press conference that several phone calls were received about shooting at the bowling alley / restaurant.
Here’s an old photo of Webb as a kid.
“Calls were coming in. There were multiple victims ”. He said three people had died and three were being treated at local hospitals. The suspect was immediately taken into custody.
A Video Captured the Sound of Multiple Gunshots
The video above, from outside the bowling alley, captured the sound of multiple gunshots and first responders.
“There are police everywhere. There are so many shots, someone is dead,” says a man in the video.
There were between 20 and 25 people inside the building at the time of the mass shooting, according to the chief. He said it was being investigated why Duke Webb was in Rockford.
The Police Chief Believes the Shooting Was Random
O’Shea said police believe the mass shooting was “random.” Two pistols were recovered at the scene, the chief said.
“This is an obvious active shooter,” he said, adding that the gunman was still in the building when officers responded. The officers did not fire their weapons. He said he believes that “the suspect who fired all the shots is in custody along with all the weapons.”
Teenagers Were Among the Victims
Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims, but said they included teenagers. The police chief said the shot dead were all men, aged 73, 69 and 65.
The injured were:
A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the face but survived.
A 16-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and has been treated and released from a local hospital.
60-year-old male, operated on for multiple gunshot wounds during the night and in critical condition.
The teenage victims were at the establishment collecting food because it is also a take-out establishment.
A Congressman Called the Mass Shooting a ‘Heinous Attack in Our Community’
Federal Representative Adam Kinzinger wrote on Twitter: “Praying for the victims and their families tonight after the heinous attack on our community. As we continue to learn more and hold the responsible party accountable, I want to thank @RockfordPD for their swift action to arrest the suspect. ”
Mayor Tom McNamara released this statement to WREX-TV:
I am angry and saddened by the violence tonight at Don Carter Lanes. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their loved ones. I also think about the injured and hope that they will recover quickly and fully. I thank all of our first responders who arrived quickly and heroically to secure the scene. Our investigators have a lot of work ahead of them to determine exactly what happened and who was responsible. Please give the police the space they need to investigate this event and keep everything in your prayers.