Online Staff Report
At 8:59 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, Rockford police responded to the intersection of Fourth Street and 17th Avenue in reference to a shooting victim.
Upon arrival, officers located a black male later lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was identified as John Duckett, 18.
Witnesses said a dark blue four-door Chrysler was seen traveling west on 17th Avenue before turning north on South Fourth Street.
The suspect vehicle stopped as the victim and another black male approached the vehicle. Six gunshots were then heard, and the victim fell to the ground. The other male who was with the victim ran to an alley to the west of the intersection and returned shortly thereafter to check on the victim. The suspect vehicle then left north on Fourth Avenue.
The driver of the suspect vehicle was described as only a male black. A rear-seat passenger of the suspect vehicle was described as a black male with short braids who was shooting from the suspect vehicle.
At the hospital, four live rounds were recovered from the Duckett’s body. He sustained injuries from gunfire to the abdomen, front left and right hip, and left buttocks. His injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
Subsequently, Duckett was charged with unlawful use of weapons by a felon, no Firearm Owner’s Identification card, and was found to be wanted for a parole violation.
An abandoned residence at 727 S. Fourth St. was struck by a single round of gunfire.
Posted June 26, 2014