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Rockford man killed in string of violence last Tuesday identified

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Independence Ave. Shooting

ROCKFORD (WREX) — One of the men killed in three separate shootings last Tuesday in Rockford is identified by the Winnebago County Coroner's Office.

Charles Gholson, 38, died in the shooting on the 400 block of S Independence Ave. Oct. 5.

A 36-year-old man also suffered life-threatening injuries, police say.

Two other people suffered "serious" injuries, according to police.

The shooting happened in the 400 block of Independence Ave. around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Four people were shot, police say.

The shooting on Independence Ave. was the third shooting over a three hour stretch Tuesday.

In total, six people were shot at three different locations over a period of three hours with two people dying from the shootings.

During an impromptu news conference at the Independence Ave. shooting, Rockford Police Chief Carla Redd says the violence needs to stop.

"It is pretty frustrating to see the violence level continue in the city," Redd said. "This is Rockford, this is not who we are and we are going to try to restore peace to our city."