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3 dead in Illinois bowling shooting, police say

Three people were killed and three others injured in a shooting at a bowling alley in Rockford, Ill. On Saturday night, authorities said.

A 37 year old man was taken into custody and would have been the sole suspect in the shooting, officials said. Police said the shooting was likely a random act, although the motive was unclear.

Those who were injured were shot and treated at local hospitals, Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea, said at a press conference Saturday evening. Two teenagers were among those shot, he said.

The identities of those killed and the conditions of the injured were not immediately available.

Officers responded to calls for shots fired at 6:55 p.m. local time. When the officers arrived at the bowling alley Don Carter Lanes, the shooter was still in the building, the chef said. He said officers did not fire their weapons, although it is not known how the shooter was taken into custody.

“Please pray,” Don Carter Lanes, located about 90 miles northwest of Chicago, wrote on Facebook.

And in another article, he wrote: “A heinous act of violence by a cowardly pervert claimed the lives of innocent people tonight. The entire bowling community mourns the senseless loss of life and prays for families.

Tom McNamara, the mayor of the town of Rockford, said on Facebook that he was “irritated and saddened by the violence tonight at Don Carter Lanes”.

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