Rockford PD: Person charged after 3-year-old boy shot dead

Police say they have one person in custody however their charges are unrelated to the toddler’s death.
Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 12:17 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Rockford Police Department is investigating after a three-year-old boy was killed after being shot in the head on Thursday morning.

One person in the residence of the shooting has been charged with weapons charges unrelated to Thursday’s fatal shooting investigation, according to Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross. Octayyges Shanklin has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, no FOID and ineligible to receive FOID.

“The latest death investigation obviously has pricked the hearts of all of us because it involves the death of a 3-year-old child,” said Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross.

The boy was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The fatal shooting is not believed to be a drive by and there is no danger to the public. Several adults and one another child were in the residence at the time of the shooting. It is unclear where the gunfire came from, but contained to one room inside the residence, according to Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea.

Police are on the scene investigating on the 800 block of N. Court Street. The boy lived in the building and several adults were inside the residence, according to police. Police say the boy was the only victim struck by gunfire.

“This is the youngest child we lost this year due to gunfire,” O’Shea said.

There are still interviews to be conducted from the investigation.

“Someone knows something,” according to the Rockford Police Department.

The toddler’s death marks the 26th homicide in Rockford so far this year.

This story will be updated as new information comes in.

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