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Army sergeant charged in Illinois bowling alley shooting that killed three

Army sergeant charged in Illinois bowling alley shooting that killed three
A U.S. Army special operations soldier based in Florida has been charged in an apparently random shooting at an Illinois bowling alley that left three people dead and three wounded, authorities said Sunday.

, Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said at a news conference Sunday morning."I am very confident the officers that were on the scene in the building were able to stop further violence," O'Shea said.The suspect has no known ties to the victims, O'Shea said."We believe this was a completely random act, and there is no prior meeting or any kind of relationship between the suspect and any of the victims in this case," O'Shea said.

The bowling alley was closed at the time of the shooting, in accordance with restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, O'Shea said.Up to 25 people were at Don Carter Lanes when the shooting happened, but most of them escaped or hid, O'Shea said.

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