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Victim of Rock Island liquor store shooting identified

Police confirmed that a 27-year-old man was killed after gunshots were reported at Riverside Liquor.
Credit: WQAD

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Police say that one man is dead after gunshots rang out near a Rock Island liquor store.

At about 1:31 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, the Rock Island Police Department received a report of shots fired with an injury in the 2400 block of 7th Avenue St, outside of Riverside Liquor. 

At the scene, police found 27-year-old Imanuel Nduwayezu having sustained a gunshot wound, who was rushed to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

Noel Halsted is an employee at Riverside Liquor, and was inside when the gunshots rang out.

"I was working, all of a sudden we heard bam, bam, bam. It sounded like somebody punching the building actually," she said. "And when I came to the door, I saw a man on the sidewalk next to the building bleeding. And he had a gunshot, like behind his ear."

According to Halsted, when the Rock Island Police Department arrived, one officer began to administer CPR immediately. 

The store owner, who wasn't present at the time of the shooting, later said the victim had been a customer at the store for a few weeks. 

"All him and his friend were doing was trying to come into the store when he got shot," said Halsted. 

Police spent a few hours collecting shell casings and marking bullet holes, including two that pierced the windows of the liquor store - narrowly missing several employees that had been inside at the time. According to Halsted, the store's security cameras caught the entire incident on tape. 

"I hope they find out who did it so his family can have some closure," she said. 

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.