BREAKING NEWS: Three people are shot dead by ‘active shooter’ at bowling alley in Illinois

BREAKING NEWS: Three people are shot dead by ‘active shooter’ at bowling alley in Illinois

  • Six people were shot – three were killed while the other three were injured 
  • It happened just before 7 o’clock at a bowling alley in the city of Rockford 
  • A ‘person of interest’ is now in custody and there is no longer any ‘active threat’
  • Rockford, a city of 150,000 people, about 80 miles from Chicago, has suffered its deadliest year for homicides with 35 people killed in 2020

Three people have been shot dead and a further three injured after a man went on the rampage at a bowling alley in Illinois in what authorities believe was a random attack.

The shooting happened just before 7pm at Don Carter Lanes in the city of Rockford about 90 minutes northwest of Chicago.    

At least two teenagers were shot. It’s not known if the people shot and killed were employees or guests at the bowling alley. 

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea says three people have been shot dead and a further three injured after a man went on the rampage at a bowling alley in Illinois

The bowling alley asked people on Facebook to pray as they were struck by a shooter

The bowling alley asked people on Facebook to pray as they were struck by a shooter

Officers from multiple agencies including the Rockford Police Department and the Illinois State Police have been on the scene on Saturday evening

Officers from multiple agencies including the Rockford Police Department and the Illinois State Police have been on the scene on Saturday evening

Police say around 6:55pm on Saturday, they received a call that someone had opened fire inside the bowling alley according to WREX. 

When police arrived, they found multiple victims and a person of interest who is now in custody.

As a result, there is no longer any ‘active threat’ to the area.

O’Shea said that the investigation was ‘very, very fluid’ and still ongoing.

Police say around 6:55pm on Saturday evening, they received a call that someone had opened fire inside the bowling alley

Police say around 6:55pm on Saturday evening, they received a call that someone had opened fire inside the bowling alley

The shooting happened just before 7pm at Don Carter Lanes in the city of Rockford about 90 minutes northwest of Chicago.

The Chief also noted explained that the State’s Attorney’s Office is now involved and that no officers fired their weapons during the arrest of the suspect.

Don Carter lanes posted on Facebook at around 7:20 p.m. ‘Pray please.’ 

Officers from multiple agencies including the Rockford Police Department and the Illinois State Police have been on the scene. 

Amanda Hollenbeck was at the bowling alley with her boyfriend at the time of the shooting and told DailyMail.com that she was trapped on the balcony area of venue when gunshots broke out.

‘So my boyfriend and I were legit just ordering a drink… And heard a loud bang I froze everyone else ran.. he grabbed me and then 3 shots also rang out… An older man was shot in the head.. and another on the other side of the tent on the balcony where I was standing got shot as well… It was terrifying.. you hear about shootings but to witness it.. man it was scary as f***!’ 

Rockford, a city of 150,000 people about 80 miles from Chicago, has suffered its 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.

At least two teenagers were shot. It's not known if the people shot and killed were employees or guests at the bowling alley

At least two teenagers were shot. It’s not known if the people shot and killed were employees or guests at the bowling alley

Don Carter Lanes is a popular place for locals to head to on a Saturday night in Rockford

Don Carter Lanes is a popular place for locals to head to on a Saturday night in Rockford

There are 42 lanes for people to play ten-pin bowling at the Don Carter Lanes

There are 42 lanes for people to play ten-pin bowling at the Don Carter Lanes