ROCKFORD – Six Rockford residents have been charged in the shooting death of 24-year-old Phillip Trammell.
Trammell was gunned down May 3 at a house party in the 1400 block of Jefferson Street after a fight broke out between several people.
“Some individuals came to the party and had a conflict, and at that point gunfire was exchanged between several individuals,” Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said.
Demetrius Shivers, 25, is charged with first-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Prosecutors say he shot and killed Trammell. He’s jailed without bond.
Melissa Blake, 27, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after officers allegedly found a gun in her vehicle. An arrest warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Darion Jamar Gulley, 28, and 25-year-old Orentho Hurd, are charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. They are also wanted, along with 27-year-old Darris Coleman. Colman is also charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in addition to armed habitual criminal.
Rayshawn Montgomery, 26, is wanted on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon.
“We are seeing violent crime, particularly gun crime, going up,” O’Shea said. “And the amount of guns we are taking off the street is going up as well–exponentially. That’s a huge concern.”
O’Shea noted that Illinois is now among states leading the nation in the sale of legal guns, firearms that without proper care could end up in the wrong hands.
“(They) are fine as long as people lock them up and they don’t become victims of burglary and theft, and those guns end up on the street,” O’Shea said. “We are going the wrong way with violent crime and shootings this year.”