Three people have been shot dead and a further three are injured after a man went on the rampage at a bowling alley in Illinois in what authorities believe was a random attack. The shooting happened in a bowling alley in Rockford City, Illinois. The mass shooter was later arrested by the police.
The mass shooter started shooting just before 7pm at Don Carter Lanes in the city of Rockford about 90 minutes northwest of Chicago. At least two teenagers were shot. It’s not known if the people shot and killed were employees or guests at the bowling alley.
Police say around 6:55pm on Saturday, they received a call that a mass shooter had opened fire in an outdoor bar area of the bowling alley according to a police conference given in the hours after the shooting.
Amanda Hollenbeck, 24, was at the bowling alley with her boyfriend at the time of the shooting and told DailyMail.com that she was trapped on the balcony area of venue ordering a drink at the outdoor bar when gunshots broke out.
‘So my boyfriend and I were legit just ordering a drink… And heard a loud bang I froze everyone else ran.. he grabbed me and then 3 shots also rang out… An older man was shot in the head.. and another on the other side of the tent on the balcony where I was standing got shot as well… It was terrifying. You hear about shootings but to witness it… man it was scary as f***!’
‘I heard a loud bang and froze. I was three steps away from the shooter. If it would’ve been any longer I’d be dead,’ Hollenbeck said.
The shooting took place at Don Carter Lanes just before 7 p.m. local time, according to the Rockford Police Department.
“When officers arrived on scene, the shooter was still in the building,” Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said at a briefing. “No officers fired their weapons we know of at this point, but the individual that we believe is responsible, and the only individual we believe at this point to be involved, we may have in custody. But it’s still to be determined.”
Speaking on the shooting, O’Shea said police “believe it’s random.”