A Jehovah’s Witness was shot in Rockford on Sunday while out on a door-to-door religious mission. The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.
The shooting happened around 2:30 pm on Sunday in the 2300 block of Mulberry Street. According to the Rockford Police Department, the victim was attempting to speak with residents when a man opened fire.
The shooter fled the scene before police arrived. The motive for the shooting is currently unknown, and police are investigating the incident.
Jehovah’s Witnesses in Rockford
Jehovah’s Witnesses have a strong presence in Rockford, with several congregations in the area. The religion is known for its door-to-door evangelism and strict adherence to biblical teachings.
However, the religion has also faced criticism and controversy over issues such as shunning of former members and refusal of blood transfusions.
This is not the first time that Jehovah’s Witnesses have been targeted in violent incidents. In 2019, a Kingdom Hall in nearby Beloit, Wisconsin, was destroyed in a suspected arson attack. No one was injured in that incident.
In 2018, a Kingdom Hall in Washington state was destroyed in a similar arson attack. The suspect in that case was later arrested and charged with a hate crime.
Reaction from the Community
The shooting has sparked concern and outrage among the local community. Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara released a statement condemning the violence and offering support to the victim and their family.
“This type of senseless violence has no place in our community,” McNamara said. “We stand with our law enforcement partners in their efforts to bring the perpetrator to justice.”
The shooting of a Jehovah’s Witness in Rockford has raised concerns about religious intolerance and violence in the community. Police are investigating the incident, and local leaders have condemned the violence and offered support to the victim and their family.