Thursday, May 3, 2012

3 men sought after man shot at Mobil Gas Station in Rockford in Broad Daylight


ROCKFORD — A man was shot twice late this morning in the parking lot of the Broadway Mobil gas station.
Nearby East High School was placed on a lockdown, and no arrests have been made.
The shooting was reported at 11:48 a.m.
The victim, whose name and condition has not been released, was shot once in the leg and once in the midsection, Rockford police Lt. Marc Welsh said.
The victim was in surgery late this afternoon, and detectives had yet to question him. A motive behind the shooting has not been established.
Rockford School District Superintendent Robert Willis said the high school was placed on a “soft lockdown,” meaning students could move throughout the school but could not leave the building. The lockdown was in effect until classes were dismissed for the day.
District Communications Direction Earl Dotson Jr. issued the robocalls, a mass computer-generated call to parents informing them of the situation.
“The principal made a decision to go on lockdown as a precaution,” Dotson said.
Willis added: “There wasn’t a threat to the students, but because it was in proximity to the school, (police) recommended we go on lockdown.”
Police are looking for three black male suspects dressed in all black who fled the scene in a black 1999 to 2001 Chevrolet Impala headed eastbound on Broadway.
Today’s shooting is yet another in a string of broad daylight reports of shots fired to occur throughout the city in recent weeks. As a result, police are in the process of doubling the size of their gang unit to six officers.
Anyone with information about today’s shooting is asked to call Rockford police at 815-987-5824 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.
Reach staff writer Chris Green at cgreen@rrstar.com or 815-987-1241.