Teen Arrested in Keye-Mallquist Incident

Rockford Park District Police in cooperation with City of Rockford Police arrested a teenager recently after an incident at Keye-Mallquist Park, 1702 11th Street, Rockford.

On Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 6:45 p.m., City of Rockford police officers heard a series of shots fired in the area of 11th Street and Railroad Avenue in Rockford. Minutes later, police received additional calls regarding shots being fired at Keye-Mallquist Park. A 29-year-old victim was located in the area of Parmele Street and 16th Avenue, which is approximately one block away from the park. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and was treated for a single gunshot wound.

An arrest warrant was issued for a 14-year-old juvenile in connection with the shooting incident. “The victim involved was not the intended target. Our investigation revealed that an argument took place at Keye-Mallquist Park, resulting in a teenager firing several shots from a handgun. The bullet apparently missed its intended target, and struck the victim at her residence,” said Rockford Park District Chief Theo Glover. “We take the safety and security of our citizens very seriously, but unfortunately, we are seeing more and more juveniles involved in violent crimes.”

The 14-year-old was arrested on Friday, October 6, 2017, and faces the following charges: aggravated battery with a firearm, and aggravated discharge of a firearm. The charges against the suspect are merely accusations, and all those accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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