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Rockford Police will step up patrols near football stadiums following Friday shooting

Rockford Police say extra officers will patrol Rockford’s two football stadiums on Friday, following a shooting near Auburn High School during a game last Friday.

Police made the announcement at Monday night’s city council meeting.

Extra officers will patrol the football stadiums at Auburn High School and Guilford High School.

On Friday, Belvidere North will play against Jefferson High School at Auburn’s stadium.

Auburn will play East High School at Guilford’s stadium.

Rockford Public Schools 205 says it is confident in security measures taken at RPS 205 football games following shots fired near Auburn High school Friday night. 

Officers responded near Pierpont Avenue and School Street around 9:30 Friday night. They say gunfire was exchanged between two vehicles and that the incident was not related to the football game. 

"People handled the situation incredibly well. I think people were safe. I think they did everything that was necessary to make sure people remained safe," Supt. Ehren Jarrett said Monday. "Again, at the end of the day, the safety threat was well outside of the stadium. it was just a matter of an unfortunate incident that happened near the stadium. Not in it." 

The shooting did force the district to end its home opener against Freeport early. Supt. Ehren Jarrett says something like this could happen at any NIC-10 school, but that he’s confident in the security measures at RPS 205 games. 


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