Residents in a neighborhood near Springfield Avenue were awakened early on Saturday morning (1/28) by gunfire, according to a Rockford PD press release.

Officers were dispatched for a report of an adult male who was allegedly shooting a gun outside of a residence in the 200 block of S. Springfield Avenue around 1 am Saturday.

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When Rockford Police arrived on the scene they observed the suspect, who was identified as 42-year-old Francis Froeber of Rockford leaving the area in a vehicle.

Shortly after, officers stopped the vehicle being driven by the suspect and during their investigation recovered a gun from Mr. Froeber. He was arrested and taken into custody at the Winnebago County Jail with the following charges:

  • Reckless Discharge
  • Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • No Valid FOID

Rockford Police said in the press release that the charges against Francis Froeber are "merely accusations" and he is innocent until proven guilty.

The Rockford PD asks anyone who has information about the shooting incident to call 815-966-2900, or remain anonymous by calling Rockford Area Crimestoppers at 815-963-7867

This story is continuing to develop and will be updated if more information is released by the Rockford Police Department.

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