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6 homicides in 6 days, Rockford Police speak about violent week

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Arcadia Terrace shooting scene. Arcadia Terrace shooting scene.
Rockford Police on scene of double shooting on Arcadia Terrace. Rockford Police on scene of double shooting on Arcadia Terrace.
Rockford Police on scene of quadruple shooting on Woodlawn. Rockford Police on scene of quadruple shooting on Woodlawn.
Elderly woman found beaten to death on home in 6th Street. Elderly woman found beaten to death on home in 6th Street.
Father of 15-year-old shooting victim talks about police response. Father of 15-year-old shooting victim talks about police response.
ROCKFORD (WREX) -

A recent quadruple shooting cap off a violent week in Rockford, there has been six homicides in six days. Rockford Police say they will step up their efforts but at least one victim's father says they need to do more.

 

"I think the violence needs to stop. People have kids out here," says Latisha Benford, witnessed double shooting on Arcadia Terrace.

 

That's been the echo from neighbors around Rockford after a long week of four different shootings, a beating death and a hit-and-run accident.

 

"All these incidents, not all these shootings and murders are taking place by one particular individual. There's multiple individuals that are involved," says Chief Chet Epperson.

 

The violence started on Thursday night, July 4, with a shooting death on Henrietta Avenue. Over the weekend, a man died after a car ran him over near Auburn and Kilburn. Monday, a double shooting on Arcadia Terrace left one person dead, another hurt. Plus, police found an elderly woman beaten to death in her home that same day. Then yesterday, someone shot a 15-year-old boy in the head on Central Avenue. He may not recover. And later that night four people were gunned down on Woodlawn Avenue, two died.

 

"I don't have enough resources nor does any police department in the United States have enough resources to put when there are these types of homicides, these senseless types of shootings that take place to put a cop at every corner," says Chief Epperson.

 

But of the shootings in the last week all have been on the city's west side.  It's left the father of the youngest victim wondering why he didn't see more officers in his neighborhood before the violence.

 

"I hope the police actually do something about what's going on, on the west side of Rockford. I want them to give me some answers please," says Christopher McGrady, 15-year-old victim's father.

 

Rockford Police say they will step up patrols in the areas of the shooting. There was another one early this morning in the 1300 block of Clover. A man was shot twice but he is expected to survive.

 

So far this year there have been 11 homicides. Last year there were 14. On average since 2007 Rockford sees around 20 homicides a year.

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