Teen, shot in leg, faces weapon charge

Teen, shot in leg, faces weapon charge

URBANA — An Urbana teen who was shot in the leg in Campustown early Monday has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

And Champaign police are asking for help from the public in figuring out exactly how Elijah M. Duckworth, 17, who listed an address in the 900 block of South Lierman Avenue, was actually shot.

A release from Deputy Police Chief Troy Daniels said police were called to the 0-100 block of East Green Street about 1:30 a.m. Monday where they found Duckworth. He had a gunshot wound to the back of his left thigh and said he had been shot while walking in the area.

Next to the rear tire of the car where he had been crouched down, police found a gun.

Daniels said Duckworth told police he had just left an event in that area and was on the street when he was shot by an unidentified person. He could provide no information about the person who fired at him.

He also denied owning or handling the gun that had been found near his feet under the tire. Police arrested him for unlawful possession of a weapon. He had no valid firearm owner's identification card.

After being treated at Carle Foundation Hospital, Duckworth was taken to the county jail.

The incident prompted University of Illinois officials to send out an emergency alert shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, saying a shooting had been reported and "the shooter has not been apprehended." About an hour later, the UI said the shooting was self-inflicted, that police had recovered the gun, and that it was safe to resume normal activities.

Daniels asked that anyone with information call Champaign Police at 217-351-4545. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crimeestoppers at 373-8477. Information can also be sent by anonymous web tip by going to: http://www.373tips.com or by texting keyword "CCTIP" plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES).