ROCKFORD (WREX) — Don Carter Lanes hasn't welcomed customers inside since a gunman opened fire there the day after Christmas. Six people were shot, three of them were killed.
But on Wednesday, it reopened for league bowlers to practice for free.
"This bowling community is a strong community and after that tragedy from a couple of weeks ago everybody is coming together. They want to see each other, they want to see their bowling friends, they want to be in their bowling center. It's a second family for many, many people," said Brad Sommer, General Manager of Don Carter Lanes.
Under state mitigations, one person is allowed to practice per lane. Even though the games are free, many teams like Rockford Christian donated to show support for the families of the shooting victims.
A suspect in the shooting was arrested and charged for murder and attempted murder.
Don Carter Lanes will open again Thursday for league bowlers from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.