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Green Beret Charged in Rockford Bowling Alley Shooting Was Visiting Family, Prosecutor Says

The prosecutor said Sergeant Webb admitted to the shooting and told officers who took him into custody where he had put his guns — a .40-caliber Glock and .380-caliber Glock. Mr. Hanley said they were recovered from behind Sergeant Webb’s bag, but that neither was military-issued.

Three men were killed. They were identified by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office on Monday as Thomas Furseth, 65, of Machesney Park, Ill.; and Jerome Woodfork, 69, and Dennis Steinhoff, 73, both from 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 at a hospital and later released.

“We believe this is a completely random act,” Dan O’Shea, the Rockford police chief, said at a news conference on Sunday. He said there was no known association between the gunman and the victims.

Regina Maschke, whose father was Mr. Steinhoff, was at home when she got a text from her niece telling her about the shooting. Her father had been to her house for dinner and left shortly after 5 p.m. to meet his 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 watch horse races and to socialize. “That was his home away from home.”

Mr. Steinhoff was a Vietnam War veteran who worked for years as a union committee man for Chrysler, until he retired at 55. He loved sports, especially basketball, and before the coronavirus pandemic, frequently traveled to referee games.

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