Neighbors on Rockford's southwest side cannot understand why someone shot into a group of people setting off fireworks killing a man. The night was supposed to be a celebration for another man who passed away last year. That man often set off fireworks for the kids in the neighborhood died of a heart attack last 4th of July. His friends and family decided to honor him this year by continuing the tradition. Their celebration turned deadly.
"We was out here celebrating my cousin's death and somebody came up here and started shooting for no reason," says Curt, who did not want to give his name but was at the celebration.
"Everyone who was out here was having a good time. I'm so shocked that they did this out here," says a neighbor who did not want to be identified.
They say Semarin Dubois, 27, was part of a group of close relatives and friends. They were standing on the corner of Green Street and Henrietta Avenue setting off fireworks. Around 11:30 p.m., Rockford Police say they were called out there because someone shot Dubois in the head. People at the celebration say they can't understand why it happened.
"There was no fight, there were no words exchanged. There was just some random person coming up here causing confusion for no reason," says Curt.
One of the neighbors who witnessed it says she did not even realize Dubois had been shot. She says the shooter came from Green toward Henrietta.
"We thought what we heard was fireworks until we heard, he's on the ground, he's on the ground," says a neighbor.
She says she tried to help Dubois.
"I walked up to see if I could do anything to help and there was nothing anybody could do for him," says a neighbor.
Dubois went to an area hospital last night. He died this afternoon. Police don't have a motive for the shooting or suspects.
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