A domestic shooting on Wednesday night resulted in the deaths of 25-year-old Jessica Young-Thomas and 24-year-old Jay Carpenter.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 2900 block of Searles Avenue around 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, where they discovered Jessica Young-Thomas, a woman who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
She was transported to a local hospital but succumbed to her injuries. Investigators suspect that she was shot by the 24-year-old man, Jay Carpenter, who was subsequently found dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Sheriff’s Office asserts that there is no ongoing threat to the community.
Our hearts go out to the families affected by this deeply tragic incident. We understand the impact such events have on our community, and we are committed to providing support and resources to those who are grieving. “If you’re experiencing domestic violence or abuse, it’s crucial to understand that there is no acceptable excuse or justification for any behavior that endangers your well-being.
For individuals who have experienced or are presently facing abusive or domestic violence situations, assistance is accessible. Emergency services can be reached by calling 911, and local support services are available, including:
- Winnebago County Domestic Violence Assistance Center: 815-516-2440
- Rockford Family Peace Center: 779-348-7600
- Remedies, 24-hour hotline: 815-962-6102
- National 24-hour domestic violence hotline: 1-800-799-7233