Three men were killed. On Monday, they were identified by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office as Thomas Furseth, 65, of Machesney Park, Illinois; and Jerome Woodford, 69, and Dennis Steinhoff, 73, both of Rockford, a city of nearly 150,000 people about 90 miles northwest of Chicago.
Two victims remained in critical condition, Mr Hanley said: a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the face and a 65-year-old man who had multiple gunshot wounds. A 16-year-old girl who was shot in the shoulder was treated in a hospital and then released.
“We think this is a completely random act,” Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said at a press conference on Sunday. He said there was no known association between the shooter and the victims.
Regina Maschke, whose father was Mr. Steinhoff, was at home when she received a text from her niece informing her of the shooting. Her father had gone to her house for dinner and left shortly after 5 p.m. to meet up with her friends at Shooters, the bar above the bowling alley, where she said her father was a regular.
“He felt safe there,” Ms. Maschke said, adding that Mr. Steinhoff went several times a week to attend horse races and socialize. “It was his home away from home.”
Mr. Steinhoff was a Vietnam War veteran who worked for years as a member of a labor committee for Chrysler, until his retirement at age 55. He loved sports, especially basketball, and before the coronavirus pandemic, he frequently went to refereeing matches.
“My father was the most loving, generous and selfless person in the world,” Ms. Maschke said. “This man has taken innocent and wonderful people from their families, and they can never be replaced. It’s very traumatic.