A shooting occurred at Onyx Bar & Grill in Machesney Park on Sunday, February 26, 2023, at approximately 1:00 a.m. The incident resulted in the shooting of four individuals and injury to another person during the dispute. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with other law enforcement agencies, responded to the scene immediately. The law enforcement agencies quickly secured the area and started an investigation into the shooting.

Shooter Identified

During the course of the investigation, detectives identified the shooter as Jimmie Lee Rogers, a 31-year-old man from Machesney Park, IL, who is currently on parole with the Illinois Department of Corrections. It was discovered that the suspect had an altercation with another person and was removed from the bar by the security team. However, Rogers returned later with a handgun and fired several shots at the person he had the altercation with. Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives conducted an investigation and issued an arrest warrant for Rogers for Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery/Discharge of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Arrest Made

On Monday, February 27, 2023, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Rogers was taken into custody in the area of Sandy Hollow Road and 20th Street in Rockford. Currently, he is in the Winnebago County Jail and being held without bond. As per the law, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Police crime scene
Brian Jackson

Victims' Health Update

One individual was admitted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries at the time of the incident. However, his condition has been upgraded to stable. Two other individuals are still in the hospital in stable condition. Fortunately, one individual has been discharged from the hospital.

Investigation Ongoing

The case is still under investigation, and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office or Rockford Area Crime Stoppers. It is imperative to assist the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the shooter is held accountable for his actions.

The shooting incident at Onyx Bar & Grill was a traumatic event for the victims and the community. The quick action by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies and other law enforcement agencies secured the area and conducted an investigation that led to the identification and arrest of the shooter. The victims are recovering, and the community must support them during their healing process. It is also crucial for the community to come forward with any information that could aid the investigation, ensuring that justice is served.

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