ROCKFORD – Two people died in separate shootings over the weekend, marking a violent 48-hours in Rockford.
The first incident happened around 3 a.m., Saturday, in the 900 block of South Third Street near Pope Street. That’s where police say someone in a dark SUV opened fire at large gathering, hitting three people.
A 17-year-old female and an 18-year-old male transported themselves to a local hospital and were treated and released. The third victim, a 19-year-old man brought to the hospital by ambulance, died.
Few details have been released about the weekend’s second killing, the 13th in Rockford this year. What is known is that the victim was shot around noon Sunday in the 3200 block of Blackstone Avenue.
Police say the 33-year-old male victim was found flanked in shell casings outside a black Chevrolet sedan. The man was later pronounced dead at Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hostpital-Rockton.
Demonstrators visit the mayor
A group of boisterous protesters marched their way from downtown to the home of Mayor Tom McNamara Saturday night. The march was one in a string of protests organized by local abolitionists who claim officers with the Rockford Police Department beat protesters outside Police District 1 May 30, resulting in the arrest of more than a dozen people.
“In solidarity with the federal invasion of Portland and all victims of police brutality in Rockford and across the U.S., directly tied to the demonstrations demanding justice for George Floyd, we marched to the mayor’s house last night,” Rockford Youth Abolitionists posted on Facebook.
McNamara addressed the crowd briefly before going back inside.
Protesters called for him to drop charges against the people who were arrested May 30, something the mayor has no authority to do.