4 dead, suspect arrested in ‘senseless’ violence in Rockford, Illinois, officials say

Four people were killed and five others injured Tuesday in and around Rockford, Illinois, in what the city’s mayor called a “random and senseless act of violence.”

Some of the victims, including a woman who fled a home invasion in Winnebago County and a man who tried to help her, were stabbed, officials said.

A suspect, a 22-year-old man, was taken into custody and police are not looking for anyone else involved in the violence at “multiple scenes” in Rockford and an area of ​​the county shortly after 1 p.m., authorities said .

“Words can’t even express my thoughts right now,” Rockford Police Chief Carla Redd told reporters. She said the suspect had committed “heinous crimes.”

One person was injured and in critical condition, and four others are in stable condition after an adult man “attacked and stabbed several individuals,” police said on X.

The dead have not been identified. They are a 15-year-old girl, a 63-year-old woman, a 49-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, police said.

The causes of death and injuries of all victims were unclear. Not all of the victims were stabbed, Redd said, and none were shot.

A report came into the Rockford dispatch center at 1:14 p.m. regarding a medical call, Redd said, and other calls followed seeking police assistance.

In a neighborhood in the Rockford area that is part of Winnebago County, there was a home invasion and a woman fled but was stabbed in the hands and face, Sheriff Gary Caruana said.

She was taken to hospital with serious injuries and was intubated, he said. A man who stepped in to help was stabbed, but “he’s OK” and is being evaluated, Caruana said.

A sheriff’s deputy arrested the suspect, who has not been identified, Caruana said.

One of the victims was a mailman, Caruana said, without providing further details. The Postal Inspection Service said the victim was a mail carrier, but released no other details, citing an active investigation.

The two law enforcement agencies are…

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