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The fatal victims of the massacre at an Illinois bowling alley were identified Monday as three beloved community members — while authorities revealed chilling new details about the random bloodbath.
A group of four teens was sitting down waiting for food at Shooters Bar, part of the Don Carter Lanes bowling complex in Rockford, when Green Beret Duke Webb suddenly “started shooting at their table’’ Saturday evening, State’s Attorney J. Hanley told reporters.
The killer hit a 14-year-old boy in the face and 16-year-old girl in the shoulder, he said. Both are recovering from their wounds.
As patrons began fleeing in terror, Webb, armed with two Glock handguns, then turned his sights on 65-year-old Thomas Furseth, the official said.
The heavily decorated Army special-ops sergeant, 37, shot Furseth in the torso as the older man ran up the stairs, leaving the victim to fatally collapse at the top, Hanley said.
“I just found out from my sister that my brother Thomas Furseth was killed in the shooting at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford Illinois,’’ Linda Furseth wrote on Facebook a little after noon Monday.
Webb — who is from Florida and was in the state to visit family — then stalked up to the second floor, where about 20 to 25 people were, Hanley said.
That’s where he shot dead Dennis Steinhoff, 73, who sometimes officiated local basketball games, according the prosecutor and friends.
“We were regular referee partners for 22 years,’’ devastated pal Steve Franck wrote on Facebook.
Also fatally struck down on the second floor was local bowling legend Jerome Woodfork, 69, who took a bullet to the neck — before falling over the balcony onto the parking lot below.
“He was a [bowling] Hall of Famer in Rockford,’’ friend Jason Heiden told a local CBS-TV affiliate of Woodfork.
“I don’t know how many 300 games that dude has. I’ll just never forget that guy’s smile.”
Pal Bob Crosty posted a photo of the victim posing with a bowling ball on Rockford West High School’s Facebook page and wrote, “R.I.P JEROME WOODFORK. Class of 1969. Very classy guy and great friend to all.’’
Another 62-year-old man is still in critical condition after being shot in the left eye, back, neck, groin and buttocks, Hanley said.
Webb’s lawyer suggested in court Monday that her client suffers from PTSD.
The Army said Webb had 12 years of “honorable service’’ — including four deployments in Afghanistan and a slew of medals such as the Bronze Star.
Webb returned from his last deployment in July and was on leave at the time of the shooting, the Army said without elaborating.
The two weapons he used — .40-caliber and .380-caliber Glocks — were not Army-issued, Hanley said.
Webb confessed his heinous crime to cops and showed them where he stashed his weapons at the scene after the carnage, the prosecutor added.
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