Rockford Police Recover Gun, Evidence in Quadruple Murder Investigation
Rockford Police detectives have recovered a handgun and evidence while following up on leads during the investigation of a Dec. 20 quadruple murder in the 3200 block of Montrose Ave.
According to police, detectives have searched several houses in the area and recovered the handgun and other evidence during those searches. The items will be examined by Rockford Police crime scene detectives and the Illinois State Crime Lab.
The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time. Illinois State Police investigators and the Winnebago County Violent Crimes Task Force also have joined the effort.
Officers responded to the residence just after 11:15 p.m. Dec. 20 after a report of gunshots. Officials say a neighbor heard pounding on a door, then the sound of a door being forced open, followed almost immediately by gunshots.
Four gunshot victims were located inside of a residence. All were pronounced dead by Rockford Fire Department paramedics.
The victims were identified as 24-year-old Martia Flint and her two sons, 6-year-old Tyrone Smith III and 4-year-old Tobias Smith. Also killed was 24-year-old Demontae Jones, who police identify as a friend of Rhodes.