37-year-old Army Sgt. charged in Illinois bowling alley attack

By Anthony Caruso III |Publisher

The Rockford, Illinois authorities have charged Army Special Forces Sgt. Duke Webb with three counts of murder on Sunday. He was the person of interest in the bowling alley shooting on Saturday night at Don Carter Lanes.

The 37-year-old has been held at the Winnebago County Jail. He does not have a bond at this time.

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Handcuffs (Photo by Unsplash/Bill Oxford)

Webb — who is a Florida native — has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder. In addition, he is facing three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

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He will have a court appearance on Monday.

“We believe this was a completely random act,” Police Chief Dan O’Shea said Sunday. “There is no prior meeting or any kind of relationship between the suspect and any of the victims in this case.”

The authorities are still investigating the shooting. No motive has been mentioned by the police as to why the shooting happened.

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According to WIFR, Webb joined the Army in 2008. He was last assigned to the 3rd battalion at Camp Bull Simons Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

It’s not clear why Webb was in Illinois at the time of the shooting. However, the TV station said that he was on leave when the shooting happened.

The USA Today is reporting that Webb attempted to hide his identity. However, the authorities were able to take him into custody a short time after arriving at the scene.

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O’Shea said that two weapons were found at the scene. No weapons were discharged by the officers when Webb was taken into custody.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn about this tragic event,” said Col. John W. Sannes, commander of 7th Special Forces Group. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded.”

The three people, who were killed, were 73, 65, and 69. He is also accused of shooting a 14-year-old, a 16-year-old, and a 62-year-old.

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