UPDATE: Deputies arrest 16-year-old in shooting near busy shoppi - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

UPDATE: Deputies arrest 16-year-old in shooting near busy shopping center


UPDATE: Deputies arrest 16-year-old in shooting near busy shopping center:

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office has arrested one of two suspects it is seeking in the shooting of a man near the Highcrest Shopping Centre.

Deputies said an arrest warrant was issued for the teen Saturday.  Shortly after 8 p.m., investigators said the found the suspect at a home on the west side of Rockford.

The teen was arrested and is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm.

He is being held at the Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center until his first court appearance on the charge.

Deputies said they continue to search for a second suspect in the case.  He, too, is a teenager, according to deputies.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers.

Investigators also updated the victim's condition.  They said he remains in the hospital in serious condition.  He is expected to survive, they said, after being shot in the neck and hip.

Deputies search for suspects in shooting near busy shopping center:

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department and Rockford Police respond to a gunshot victim near a popular shopping center. They found a man shot who had driven himself there.

The whole incident started around 6 p.m. Friday night. The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office received a call after someone reported hearing gunshots on a neighborhood street.

Deputies responded to the 4200 block of Crestview Drive, which is a Winnebago County address, where they believe the incident took place in front of the homes on the street.

While deputies were there, Schultz said the shooting victim called 911 and told Rockford Police he was driven to the Highcrest Shopping Centre parking lot after the incident.

Rockford Police officers found the 24-year-old gunshot victim in a car, according to Schultz.  The retail center is right around the corner from the initial shooting occurred.

The man was taken to the hospital with injuries said to be non-life-threatening.

The victim was not by himself in the Ford Taurus, according to Schultz.  There were two others who were in the car with him that are being interviewed about the incident.

"Detectives have a lead on a suspect, but do not have any places to actively look for that person," said Schultz.  "I don't think the public is in danger at this point."

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office is taking the lead on the investigation since the shooting happened in the county.

Sheriff's deputies and Rockford Police officers were still at the scene as of Friday at 9 p.m.

Powered by Frankly