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Special forces soldier charged in bowling alley shooting that left 3 dead, 3 wounded

An active duty soldier has been charged in a deadly shooting at an Illinois bowling alley on Saturday that left three elderly men dead and three more people — including two teenagers — wounded, the Rockford Register Star reports.

Most of Don Carter Lanes, which also includes a bar and an off-track betting site, was closed because of COVID restrictions, but an second-floor bar and carry-out service were open when Duke Webb, 37, allegedly opened fire at random.

Webb, a special forces assistant operations and intelligence sergeant stationed at Camp Bull Simons at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, was on leave from the Army at the time of the shooting. He joined the Army in 2008.

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Rockford police said Webb is charged with first degree murder in the killing of three men, aged 73, 69, and 65. He’s also charged with attempted first-degree murder for wounding a 14-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl, and a 62-year-old man.

The boy was shot in a face and airlifted to a hospital. The girl was hit in the shoulder and released after treatment, while the old man was in critical condition after surgery.

“We believe this was a completely random act, and there is no prior meeting or any kind of relationship between the suspect and any of the victims in this case,” Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said Sunday.

O’Shea said the entire incident was captured on surveillance video, O’Shea said.

“The two teenage victims were picking up food. It’s a carryout establishment as well,” the chief said. “They were not in the bar area.”

Officer arrived on the scene quickly, O’Shea said, and heard gunfire when they arrived. Webb tried to conceal his identity and hid weapons from police, but he was taken into custody within minutes, O’Shea said. Officers recovered two handguns from the scene.

Webb is being held at the Winnebago County Jail without bond and is due in court on Monday.

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[Featured image: Duke Webb/Winnebago County Jail]