On Sunday, a United States Army Special Forces sergeant was charged with murder after opening fire at a bowling alley in Rockford, Illinois, killing three people and injuring three others.
What We Know:
- Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea told reporters the shooting happened around 6:55 pm at Don Carter Lanes. The alleged shooter, Duke Webb, took the lives of 3 unidentified men- ages 65, 69, and 75. Webb joined the Army in 2008. He is a Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant. He is currently assigned to 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 7th Special Forces Group based in Florida. The Army confirmed Webb was on leave at the time of the shooting but did not provide reasoning for why.
- In addition to being charged with 3 counts of murder, Webb faces three counts of first-degree attempted murder. A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the face and airlifted to a hospital is in stable condition. However, a man, 62, is in critical condition after being shot multiple times. Fortunately, the third victim, a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the shoulder, was treated at the hospital and released.
- The shooting took place inside and outside a bar above the bowling alley. The two injured teens were picking up food orders when they were shot. Surveillance footage inside the building captured most of the incident. Police arrived within minutes after Webb opened fire. Upon their arrival, he attempted to hide his identity and his weapons, according to O’Shea. Still, two handguns were found at the scene. The police did not fire any shots at Webb when taking him into custody.
- Chief O’Shea believes the shooting “was a completely random act.” He says, “there is no prior meeting or any kind of relationship between the suspect and any of the victims in this case.” Webb’s commander John W. Sannes said in a statement, “We are shocked and saddened to learn about this tragic event, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded.” The Army has offered “full assistance” in the investigation.
- Webb is being held at the Winnebago County Jail without bond. According to the Rockford Register Star, his first court appearance is scheduled for Monday afternoon.
The shooting sadly tops off the deadliest reported year for the city of Rockford. The number of homicides in 2020 reached 35 after Saturday’s killings, breaking a previous record of 31 in 1996.
Michigan Girl, 14, Charged in Grandmother’s Killing
A 14-year-old juvenile from Michigan has been accused of stabbing her grandmother multiple times with a kitchen knife.
What We Know:
- The teenage girl is facing charges of first-degree murder as the result of stabbing her grandmother Cynthia Mosby. Mosby’s body was found face down in her bedroom on Monday morning by her son, who then called the authorities around 7:15 am.
- Mosby worked as a nurse manager in Wayne County, Michigan, and had allegedly been raising the teenage girl before her untimely murder. It is not yet clear what the suspect’s motive was. The teenage girl is currently being held at Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility.
- According to reports, police found the teenager at a motel 20 miles away from Mosby’s home address. The juvenile is currently facing first-degree murder and was arraigned on Saturday, February 27th. Her next court case will be sometime after April 15th, and it is not yet confirmed whether she will be tried as an adult or as a juvenile.
Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy states, “In this case, the 14-year-old girl is being ‘adult designated’ because upon conviction it gives the judge the most flexibility during sentencing to provide options for rehabilitation of this very troubled youth.”
- The judge has the option of sentencing her as an adult, juvenile, or a combination of both. Before she is officially charged for first-degree murder, court officials are requesting the teenager face a competency review on April 15th. In this case, the teenager’s “mental health and ability to understand the proceedings” will be observed before any additional court action is taken.
- Worthy calls the case “very sad and disturbing.” The Canton Director of Police Services Chad Baugh described Worthy’s statement and analysis as “invaluable following this challenging set of facts.” The father of the suspect suggests a possible motive as being that the juvenile had become upset over how much Mosby might’ve pressured her in regards to her education.
The teenage girl’s actual mental state and identity remain undisclosed as of late, and it is evident how it will impact her trial.
Lady Gaga Offers $500,000 For Return of Dogs After Thief Steals Them, Shoots Dog Walker
Lady Gaga’s dogs were targeted by thieves, leaving 2 dogs missing and her dog walker shot.
What We Know:
- On Wednesday night, TMZ reports that thieves stole 2 of Lady Gaga’s beloved French Bulldogs. The dog walker, 30-year-old Ryan Fischer, was shot in the chest four times by two men in baseball caps in West Hollywood. Fischer is expected to make a full recovery.
- Police were able to recover a third dog named Miss Asia, who ran away during the incident. Koji and Gustav, however, are still missing. USA Today reports that surveillance footage from a neighbors house caught the thieves leaving with the dogs in a white vehicle.
- A source for US Magazine says, “Gaga is beside herself. She is hoping and praying for the safe return of Koji and Gustav and for the speedy recovery of their walker, who is doing as well as can be expected given the circumstances.” As of now, Lady Gaga is desperate to get her pups back, offering a $500,000 reward for their return “no questions asked.”
- LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division has taken over the case but has yet to determine if the target was specifically on Lady Gaga’s dogs. French Bulldogs are an expensive breed in high demand, so it is possible that the gunmen did not know who the dogs belonged to.
- The police have identified two potential suspects as Black men between the ages of 20 to 25 years old, one with blond dreadlocks and armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
Lady Gaga is asking that all tips be sent to KojiandGustav@gmail.com.
NYC Man Indicted in Seven Attacks Targeting ‘Light-Skinned Women,’ Prosecutors Say
Khari Covington was arraigned Wednesday on charges of assault, burglary, and strangulation.
What We Know:
- The 29-year-old man is being held accountable for seven attacks against various women, all dating between August 2020 to January 2021. Covington was arrested on January 5th, after he assaulted Tina Francisco at her job. Francisco was working a shift at a smoke shop when Covington came in and attacked her. Francisco was a crucial witness in helping identify Covington and linking him to previous attacks on women at a local subway station.
- Covington had been living at a transitional housing unit in close proximity to where the Morgan Avenue L subway station is. That subway station was the location of many of Covington’s attacks. Covington was arraigned this week before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. He currently faces 25 years to life in prison, and bail has been posted at $150,000. Covington is scheduled to appear in court on April 13th.
- Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzales indicted Covington with 52 counts of charges that include second-degree burglary, second-degree strangulation, and third-degree assault. Covington appears to have the majority of his crimes labeled as hate crimes as well because all of his victims fit into one demographic. In an announcement on Wednesday from Gonzales, he confirmed that Convington chose his victims because they were both women and light-skinned. One of the victims, Biance Fortis, claims Convington, “came out of nowhere” and attacked her. Fortis’ immediate thoughts after the attack were, “I really hope this doesn’t happen again to somebody else.”
- Gonzales also said in his Wednesday statement that he is “committed to prosecuting all hate crimes where victims, including as alleged in this case, are targeted because of their gender, skin color or race.” Covington’s attorney, Murphy Martin Mitchell, could not be reached for any public comments.
We hope the women involved in these incidents find justice knowing that their attacker has finally been turned in.
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