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UPDATE: 15-year-old East High School student identified as shooting victim


UPDATE: Rockford Police have identified 15-year-old Gregory Hill as the teenager shot and killed on Sunday morning.  

According to the Rockford Public School District, Hill was a student at East High School.

Detectives from the Rockford Police Department are conducting a follow-up investigation into the incident. Based on the information available at this time it is believed that a party was taking place at the residence when a dispute took place among several individuals. During the dispute several shots were fired. None of the victims who were injured by the gunfire are believed to have been involved in the dispute.

The Rockford Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving this crime. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department 779-500-6500 or Crime Stoppers 815-963-7867. 

Gunfire rang out Sunday morning outside of a home on the 3200 block of Green Dale Drive in Rockford.

"We put the kids to bed, we're all in bed, it was about 1:30 a.m. and I hear pop, pop," said a neighbor and witness to the shooting. 

Police say a party was going on at the home. Neighbors says dozens of people were inside the house and in the backyard.

Around 1:30 a.m. is when police say an argument broke out-- eventually leading to gunfire.
A neighbor, who did not want his face to be shown, describes what happened...

"I put my head out the window and just as i do that an SUV turns around and the passenger sticks his hand out the window and just unloads a large caliber gun," he said. 

A 15-year-old boy was killed. Police say two other teenagers, a 17-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl, were also hit by gunfire. 
Police say the three victims were shot during the dispute but they are not believed to be directly involved.

Neighbors we spoke with say parties are a common occurrence at the home. 

One neighbor who did want to be identified said Sunday morning was "mayhem" as kids fled in all directions...diving to the ground.

Another neighbor recalled what it was like hearing the gunfire.

"We hear gunshots quite often because we have woods behind us, but nothing like this," he said. "Last night was more like a war-zone than a shooting on the street." 

Police are investigating the shooting as a murder-- as they try and answer some of the questions neighbors and family members are asking.

This is the twelfth murder in the city of Rockford so far this year. Police have not released the name of the 15-year-old boy, but the two other shooting victims have been released from the hospital. 


A 15-year-old boy is dead after an early morning shooting Sunday in Rockford.

Rockford Police say shortly before 1:30 Sunday morning the boy was shot in the head in the 3200 block of Green Dale Drive. 

The victim was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

Officials believe a dispute broke out at a party located at the home. According to police, several shots were fired during the dispute.

A 17-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl also arrived at a local hospital with gunshot wounds, according to police. The girls were treated and released.

Police say the victims also received their injuries in the dispute on Green Dale Avenue, however, officials believe none of the teenagers are believed to have been involved directly in the dispute.

The name of the victims aren't being released at this time.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Rockford Police at 779-500-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

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