Call about shooting leaves cops baffled

Staff reports

Police don’t think anyone was shot Friday at South Main and Lane streets, but they do think something suspicious happened and continue to look for a 31-year-old man they had thought was a victim.

Police were dispatched at 10:12 p.m. Friday to a report of a shooting victim lying near Main and Lane. When they got there, there was no one lying in the street and no shooting victim.

Witnesses told police four Hispanic men, all in their 20s and two of whom were armed with handguns, fled in a low-riding gray 1999 Ford Expedition, possibly with ground effects or neon running-board lights.

Rockford Police Lt. Tom Coe said officers spoke to the suspected victim’s girlfriend and worked with her to try to locate the man. Two hours later, the man called police.

“He said ‘I’m OK. There’s no problem,’ ” Coe said. “At that point, we didn’t even know if that was him or not on the phone. We called the girlfriend to see if she had heard anything. While we were on the phone with her, he called her to tell her he was OK, but wasn’t going to be coming home that night.”

Coe believes the man was reluctant to speak to police because there’s a pending warrant for his arrest.

“We’re still not quite sure what happened,” Coe said. “There was some kind of altercation. Shots may have been fired, but there’s no indication that anyone was hit. There were no shell casings and no blood.”

Anyone with information should call Rockford Police at 815-987-5824 or call Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

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