Officials identify man killed by gunfire early Wednesday

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UPDATE: The man killed in a Wednesday morning shooting has been identified as 56-year-old Arthur D. Nicewanner, of Rock Falls.

The identity of a female victim will not be disclosed at this time “due to concerns of her safety,” a news release says.

There is no suspect description available at this time.

EARLIER: An unidentified man was found dead and another person was hospitalized after a report of gunfire early Wednesday in Rock Falls.

Shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday, the Twincom emergency communications center received a call about gunfire at a residence in the 200 block of East 6th Street in Rock Falls, a news release says.

Officers found a deceased man, and a female who was seriously injured by gunfire and transported to a hospital for treatment. Names have not been released.

A preliminary investigation determined the death was a homicide, the release says. An autopsy was performed in Rockford.

Rock Falls Police were assisted by the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, Sterling Police, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police Investigators, Dixon Police, Illinois State Crime Scene Services and Whiteside County Coroner.

The incident remains under investigation. Police ask anyone with information to contact Whiteside County Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867 or other local law enforcement agency.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers.

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