Three Dead, Three Wounded in Rockford, Illinois Bowling Alley Shooting, Suspect in Custody

Rockford chicago bowling alley shooting

Rockford police and other law enforcement agencies investigate the scene of a shooting at bowling alley Don Carter Lanes on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Rockford, Ill. (Scott P. Yates/Rockford Register Star via AP)

From the Associated Press . . .

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

A 37-year-old male suspect was in custody after the shooting at Don Carter Lanes, Rockford police said in a social media post.

Two of those who were shot were teenagers, police Chief Dan O’Shea said during a news conference.

O’Shea did not immediately release additional information about the victims. He described the scene as contained and said he did not think any officers fired their weapons while apprehending the suspected gunman.

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

Mayor Tom McNamara released a statement saying he was “angered and saddened” about the shooting.

“My thoughts are with the families of those who lost loved ones,” McNamara said. “I’m also thinking of those who were injured and my hopes are with them for a quick and full recovery.”

The Rockford Register Star reported that 2020 has been the city’s 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.

Udate from the AP:

A U.S. serviceman from Florida has been charged in a shooting at an Illinois bowling alley that left three people dead and three wounded, authorities said Sunday.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley said Duke Webb, 37, has been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of first-degree attempted murder in the shooting at Don Carter Lanes, in Rockford, on Saturday evening.

Webb was taken into custody shortly after the shooting at around 7 p.m., Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said at a news conference Sunday morning.


  1. avatar Alexander says:

    Since the authorities did not reveal the race of the perp, it is safe and accurate to assume that he is Black. It is also accurate (although not safe) to assume that those Black lives don’t matter.

    1. avatar The Truth About Black And White says:

      Another indicator is that black mass shooters tend to shoot up parties, gatherings, their workplaces, and places like bowling allies, typically where a rival or enemy is located.
      Whites tend to shoot up schools, churches, their workplaces, malls and places where they can get more victims.

      Black mass shooters tend to leave more wounded and fewer dead, whites tend to leave more dead and fewer wounded. This case is a wash, but it fits a black pattern much more than a white one.

      1. avatar Nathan Freeman says:

        You are aware that your comment contradicts itself almost entirely, yes?

        1. avatar Debbie W. says:

          I want to thank the intellectuals for letting me know the odds are the perp was black. That makes me fell better so I’ll be much more cautious around Blacks and I’ll be much less cautious and more accommodating to white people.
          On second thought only a fool has a predisposed image of the boogieman and if that image is black then the odds are some white trash perp will be making said fool their bitch.
          These bigoted ratbassturds that permeate forum’s like this with their worthless rhetoric are more of a problem for your Gun Rights than the ATF. When it comes to such bigotry and ignorance make up up your mind which side of the fence you are on. No straddling allowed.

        2. avatar possum says:

          Well the BoogieMan is black, you can see him on WWE, and he is pretty scary.

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        4. avatar MADDMAXX says:

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      2. avatar Miner49er says:

        Another racist idiot, did you vote for Trump?

        “Black mass shooters tend to leave more wounded and fewer dead, whites tend to leave more dead and fewer wounded. This case is a wash, but it fits a black pattern much more than a white one.”

        Hilarious, I hope you haven’t procreated.

        1. avatar FedUp says:

          I thought the racists quit supporting Trump when he abandoned the Democratic Party.

        2. avatar Debbie W. says:

          minor 49 IQ…You are another pos with sht for brains. News for you, you democRat Party useful idiot…You cannot find one bit of racist evidence you can lay on DJT and you know it so you stooped to concoct a connection and you failed miserably.
          If you are so concerned about racism why don’t you man up and lead the charge to hold your democRat Party liable for its mountains and I mean mountains of race based atrocities? You won’t because you are a slanderous, libelous, mealy mouth gutless wonder. Apologize gasbag.

      3. avatar Bubba says:

        So you’re saying that ‘mass shootings’ are another area where white supremacy rulez?

      4. avatar Southern Cross says:

        I am more willing to bet the shooter is a registered Democrat voter. Statistically, based on previous mass shooting events, it is 2:1 odds the shooter is a Democrat voter than a Republican voter.

        1. avatar Miner49er says:


          “Police arrested and charged an Army Green Beret with murder and other charges in connection with the shooting that took place Saturday night in a bowling alley in Rockford, Illinois.

          Three unidentified men, who were 73, 69 and 65 years old, were killed when gunfire erupted at the Don Carter Lanes around 6:55 p.m., Rockford Police Chief Dan O’ Shea told reporters Sunday afternoon. A 62-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot multiple times, a 14-year-old victim was shot in the face and was in stable condition at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital and a 16-year-old victim was shot in the shoulder, treated at the scene and released, police said.

          Officers arrested Army Sgt. 1st Class Duke Webb, 37, who is a Florida resident, and charged him with three counts of murder and three counts of first-degree attempted murder, according to Shea. There did not immediately appear to be a connection between Webb and the victims, police said.

          Webb joined the Army in 2008 and is currently assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, according to a statement from the U.S. Army. He was on leave at the time of the shooting, the statement said.“

        2. avatar Southern Cross says:

          Even military personnel can vote Democrat if they wish. Not all military are Republicans.

          Your comment proves nothing. History proves that mass shooters tend to be Democrat voters over Republicans.

    2. avatar MADDMAXX says:

      Rockford is pretty much a suburb of Chiraq… Right where 90 & 39 join up.. There is about 4000 gang members in Rockford including the Hells Angels a couple of affiliated “motorcycle enthusiast” clubs… The person in custody is a 37 year old WHITE male, probably used a handgun…

      1. avatar Miner49er says:

        No, the first poster on the story clearly said it must be a black shooter. Stick with the narrative!

        Clearly, you’ve gotten your information from the main stream media, and are just another instrument of the left-wing propaganda machine.

        We all know the real story, it was a black thug, a member of BLM attacking America.

    3. avatar David deplorable says:

      Gang violence, not gun violence.

      1. avatar Marcus says:

        In this case the gang being the 7th Special Forces Group.

    4. avatar Dude says:

      Never assume.

      UPDATE: 37-year-old white male suspect is in custody. There are no others being sought at this time. Media briefing will be tomorrow 12/27 at 9:30 a.m. at Rockford Police District 3, 557 S. New Towne Drive.”

    5. avatar Jerms says:

      Duke Webb is definitely a white guy. Search his name and you can find the mugshot

    6. avatar Chief Censor says:

      Of course this shooting is stereotypical. The man is white. He is active duty Army. He walked into a business during the night and started shooting people. Not sure if it was racially motivated. He tried to get away with it by hiding his weapons and identity from police.

      The cops didn’t shoot him dead. He was treated very well.

      There was also some other guy, he is white too, who bombed a phone company because he believed in Q and Trump conspiracies. Some Boomer literally went out with a boom.

      Some more crazy Trump supporters will likely commit more violence as Trump leaves and Biden comes into office.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Why not? You crazy biden supporters have been committing violence all along.

  2. avatar GS650G says:

    Clearly Illinois needs gun restrictions and a FOID card system to prevent these crimes.

    1. avatar Missouri_Mule Analyst says:

      I agree! And background checks before entering bowling alleys.

      1. avatar President Elect Lifesavor says:


      2. avatar GS650G says:

        And the ten pin limit needs to be lowered to 7.

    2. avatar don says:

      I wonder if the bowling alley was posted? Victim Zone?

  3. avatar Prndll says:

    Stories from the ASSociated Press
    The truth is that there are shootings that take place daily. This has been happening for as long as I can remember and has nothing to do with Antifa/BLM/Covid19/2020/Biden/Trump/left vs. right. California/Illinois gun laws never stop this and never will. Banning AR15’s and 30 round magazines do no stop this either.

    It does not matter if your red or blue. People have been killing each other for as long as there have been people. Removing guns will never change that. But having guns can and often does empower the weak.

    1. avatar Darkman says:

      God created all men equal…Sam Colt Made all men equal.

      1. avatar Cea says:

        …more or less…

  4. avatar Elmer Fudd says:

    This story is definitely interesting in that the primary evidence against the alleged suspect is that he was in the building when police arrived. Given the fact that the clearance rate for murder in nearby Chicago is barely ten percent, the police might have been overeager to arrest anyone as a publicity stunt. The fact that the person of interest is White only enhances the political benefit.

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      Miner49er is convinced a white guy did it so no need to dig any further. He’s always better informed than anyone.

      1. avatar MADDMAXX says:

        Not A Minr Fan…. But, to be fair a WHITE guy was taken into custody as a “person of interest”

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Yeah, but what do they know? He’s probably only faking white.

        2. avatar Elmer Fudd says:

          He was taken into custody by cops from a department whose record for solving crimes is abysmal.

          It is similar to the Nashville bombing suspect. Yes, he owned a similar motorhome. However; when you actually compare photos it is obviously a different motorhome.

        3. avatar Matt says:

          Yes, yes on Nashville.

          Authorities are pinning it on a recluse white guy with some history of believing in conspiracy theories whose body was discovered in the wreckage of the RV that blew up.

          Totally different RV. Fake news. Couldn’t be true. Setup. Deep state. Illuminati.

          On the shooting suspect in this case, pretty easy to check the suspects weapon and match casings to the gun. Swab for GSR. Check the SURVELLIANCE footage. Interview the witnesses. Going to go out on a limb and say they caught the right guy.

    2. avatar neiowa says:

      The MSM would CERTAINLY rush to hang it on a active duty GI. Where is the evidence?

      1. avatar MADDMAXX says:

        Where is the evidence?

        Well there was like 20 witnesses AND those pesky security cameras….. Oh yeah, AND they found his weapons (2 guns)…

  5. avatar former water walker says:

    Haven’t been to Rockford in a long time. It was a hole. Murder in ILLinoyed-no death penalty. It ain’t a suburb of Chiraq in any way. More in common with Wisconsin(only chittier).

    1. avatar Lost Down South says:

      25 years ago I worked for a company with a distribution facility in Rockford. It was my least favorite site in our whole network. Had to go there about 2-3 times a year.

      Rockford was a hole then. Perhaps it has improved since I’ve been away…?

  6. avatar Darkman says:

    Sometimes the good guys do the shoot’n and the Government becomes the Enemy.
    Chicago armed robbery thwarted as gun owner with concealed-carry permit kills suspect: report | Fox News

  7. avatar Jimmy Beam says:

    Get out of the cities, if you can. It’s only gonna get worse. Ditto with the suburbs, if Biden injects low-income low IQ projects like he threatened.

  8. avatar President Elect Lifesavor says:

    The culture of using violence to resolve disputes:

    Weak family bonds.
    A lack of faith.
    A lack of hope.
    Living in fear.
    Living in anger.
    A lack of direction.
    A lack of compassion.
    A lack of empathy.
    A lack of self-control.
    A disregard for consequence.
    Likely, a history of bad choices.
    Poor-to-no sense of accountability.
    And, in this case, probably could not break 100 in 10 frames.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      In other words. A democrat.

      1. avatar President Elect Lifesavor says:

        Wry smile!!

    2. avatar Miner49er says:

      In other words, Donald Trump.

      1. avatar possum says:

        No he golfs.

      2. avatar GS650G says:

        He was describing you, fool.

      3. avatar Delusional49er says:

        Can you point on the doll where Donald Trump touched you?

        1. avatar GS650G says:

          Funny right there!

        2. avatar Miner49er says:

          DeLuise, you indicate a sad familiarity with pedophile interrogations.

          I truly hope you’ve gotten the help you so obviously desperately need.

        3. avatar Billy B says:

          Grabbed ‘em by the p***y, no doubt!

        4. avatar Delusional49er says:

          Amen Billy. That gave me a great chuckle this morning!!

    3. avatar ajax says:

      In this case the culture of violence seems like our 20 year old war.

  9. avatar GunnyGene says:

    Bowling for Bullets? Is this a new game in Chitown area?

    1. avatar Darkman says:

      We used to use old bowling pins and balls for target practice does that count?

      1. avatar GunnyGene says:

        Of course. 🙂

      2. avatar MADDMAXX says:

        We used to use old bowling pins and balls for target practice does that count?

        Probably what this guy was doing.. first time gun owner, accidental discharge, ricochets, cheap sights, improper stance, bad eyesight, just bad aim… Any number of plausible excuses… Just apologize and promise to never let it happen again… Oh wait, they arrested a WHITE guy.. $57 million for bail, life WITHOUT possibility of parole and “Bailiff, whack his pee-pee”

  10. avatar possum says:

    Bowling pin shoot gone wrong., , ,, Actually that’s quite sad, no safe places, churchs, bowling alleys, next the skating rink. It’s not gunms either, humans now days,sad really sad.

  11. avatar President Elect Lifesavor says:

    Shameless Invitation: If you can, please consider joining us in DC Jan 6. Already reserved our parking. The President is saying it is going to be ‘wild’.

    Indicators (groups planning caravans and buses, groups planning events) are it will be larger that the Million MAGA March this past Nov (more than 1m attended).

    Not sure what the President has in mind, but he wouldn’t be inviting us there the day the Electoral College votes are officially tabulated by Congress unless he has a solid, winning plan.

    1. avatar possum says:

      Maybe that’s the only way to covertly form a Militia. Were definitely tagged any other way. ,,,,I ain’t got no car but if somebody wants to gimme a ride, yup.

      1. avatar President Elect Lifesavor says:


        We will be traveling the I-95 corridor between Philly and DC. IF are anywhere along that route, we’ll be glad to pick you up. We’ll put a cardboard box with a blanket in the back cargo space so you can curl-up comfortably.

        Many Tea-Party groups across the country are arranging buses.

    2. avatar former water walker says:

      Sure he would…he’s pizzed off a LOT of folks who voted for him. Like me. Pass the dam pork bill & unemployment payments. America is doomed by debt irregardless. My son gets(got)unemployment. We could use the pittance as our antique business was S L O W this year. Have fun.

      1. avatar possum says:

        It’s fake money so spread er thick

      2. avatar President Elect Lifesavor says:


        I have to agree with you (and the Honorable Possum) about about the dollars. For the past few decades, Congress and every President seem to have embraced Modern Monetary Theory. If you print it, they will come (for the handouts and pork).

        Still, liking Trump far more than the Left, and Reagan isn’t available.

        1. avatar former water walker says:

          Who said I like any DIM?!? Donnie can just putter around at Mar-a-lago. I don’t have that luxury.

        2. avatar Miner49er says:

          If Reagan was here he’d
          just sell the Iranians millions more in weapons, just like Donald Trump sold the Muslim fundamentalists in Saudi Arabia

    3. avatar Miner49er says:

      “The Hill:

      “The event was marketed as a “Million MAGA March,” with White House press secretary and Trump campaign adviser Kayleigh McEnany claiming on Twitter that more than 1 million people were in attendance, though most estimates put the crowd in the thousands.

      Among what appeared to be several thousand supporters gathered in the plaza by midday Saturday were roughly 100 members of the Proud Boys, a group of self-described “western chauvinists,” who congregated in front of the Willard Hotel until escorting Jones to the stage in the center of the plaza.“

    4. avatar Matt says:

      RE: Million MAGA march from November.

      Freedom plaza can hold 13,900 people when packed. White House even tweeted their estimate of 135,000 people. Which based on the actual pavement space of the plaza and surrounding streets, would have indicated 4 people per square meter. Maybe if you literally stacked people. Best guess was in the range of 8,000-12,000 people total at the November Million MAGA march. The Million MAGA March back in March had a slightly higher estimate in the 20-30k range.

      As for Trump’s plan? Dunno, deny reality some more and make demonstrably false claims and hope a sufficient mass of people are gullible enough? There is about a 0% chance Congress will refuse to accept the certification of votes from the electors (both houses would need to vote to agree to that. No chance of the Democratic controlled House of Representatives doing any such thing and it’ll almost certainly fail in the Senate with all Democrats and most Republicans either saying they’ll vote it down, or staying silent, but you can tell which way they’ll vote). Pence by law isn’t allowed to do anything other than preside over and rubber stamp Congress’ decision. It isn’t up to him to decide anything.

      Any other actions by Trump would be unconstitutional and/or illegal (for example declaring martial law, try to declare the election null and void, etc.)

      So come 1/20/2020 noon he is gone. Try again in 4 if he is still around and can legally stand for election (IE not a convicted felon by then or his health is decent enough to run).

  12. avatar Bubba says:

    Are blacks really into bowling?

    From the venue, I actually assumed this was a white shooting…

    1. avatar MADDMAXX says:

      From the venue, I actually assumed this was a white shooting..

      By that reasoning it COULD have been a black/hispanic/or whatever looking for easy white targets… But yes black folks do bowl, in fact a lot of teams have a “Token” or two…

    2. avatar Jerms says:

      The suspected shooter is white.

  13. avatar Elmer Fudd says:

    Just to throw fuel on the fires of political indignation I will point out that the population of Rockford is 20% Black. Given the well documented disparity in homicide rates, it can be estimated that there is about a 70% chance that the shooter is Black.

    Now popping popcorn

  14. avatar Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Some folks you shouldn’t F with like SF

    1. avatar Miner49er says:

      Oh yeah, big bad SF soldier taking care of business!

      “Three unidentified men, who were 73, 69 and 65 years old, were killed when gunfire erupted at the Don Carter Lanes around 6:55 p.m.”

      Yeah, Rambo shot him a 65, 69 and 73-year-old man, he is one bad ass operator.
      Oh yeah, a couple teenagers picking up takeout.

      I always heard SFG-ABN stood for ‘school for girls and big nannies’.

      1. avatar Matt in Oklahoma says:

        Why did he shoot them? Are not old men capable of violence?

        1. avatar MADDMAXX says:

          Are not old men capable of violence?

          Can’t speak for ALL old men but if 69 is OLD and I’m 71 and absolutely capable of much “extreme” violence, then I would surmise that there MUST be other OLD men whom ARE capable of violence… SF does NOT make you the baddest MFr in the valley because until proven otherwise that would be me, and a lot of wanna-bes have tried to change that… Never was in AWE of Special Forces especially Green Beret…

        2. avatar Matt in Oklahoma says:

          They don’t need to be in awe. They are dead. The end.

  15. avatar Chief Censor says:

    I see Trump fans still can’t give up on the racism. One major reason he lost and the NRA collapsed. Now you are going to have to deal with Kamala because apparently you want someone to hate so much.

    1. avatar CWT says:

      I suppose we should be thankful that you condensed your stuid into a short (for you) post for once.

      1. avatar CWT says:

        *stupid. Fat fing er s on a small keypad.

  16. avatar Curtis in Illinois says:

    Rockford is indeed a gang-infested chithole, but this tragedy appears to be unrelated to its failure to deal with that problem.

    The whole thing was captured on security video, and the perp is a 37-yr-old white Army Green Beret, decorated Special Forces assistant operations and intelligence sergeant. He served four tours of duty in Afghanistan, the most recent ending in July. His attorney believes he may be suffering from PTSD.

    Those who posted above with false assumptions regarding the race of the killer can now reply to their own posts, with heartfelt apologies. If they have any character at all.

    1. avatar MADDMAXX says:

      he may be suffering from PTSD.

      Yeah, me too but even for the ten years I dealt with it BEFORE the gov recognized it and 20 years AFTER because I didn’t trust the VA, I never once had the urge to walk into a bar and kill a bunch of old men… PTSD is not an excuse OR a reason…

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