A shooting in a bowling alley in Illinois leaves 3 people dead and 3 wounded

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A gunman opened fire inside a bowling alley in Illinois, killing three people and wounding three others in what authorities believe was a random attack.

Dan O’Shea, Chief of Rockford Police, said during a news conference that a “VIP” was taken into custody after the shooting of Don Carter Lanes. He said that two of those shot were teenagers.

O’Shea did not immediately release additional information about the victims or the person who had been taken into custody. He described the scene as being contained and said that he did not believe that any of the officers fired their weapons while arresting the person in question.

Rockford is located about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of Chicago.

According to records dating back to 1965, the Rockford Register Star reports that 2020 was the city’s deadliest year for homicides. 35 people were killed in the city this year, breaking the previous record of 31 in 1996.

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