Champaign police looking into 4 Sunday shootings

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating four shootings that happened in Champaign on Sunday, including three within two blocks of each other, and one which injured one man.

"It clearly appears that within the last week and a half to two weeks we've had more acts of violence than we've had in a two-week period in quite some time," said Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet. Several of those incidents have resulted in arrests, including an armed robbery Sunday and a home invasion last week, he said.

The reports of shootings on Sunday included:

— At 4:30 a.m., a resident of the 1400 block of Holly Hill Drive in Garden Hills reported several rounds fired into the home. One round went through the wall of a child's bedroom. The child, 10, was sleeping in another room and was not injured.

— At 2:09 p.m., a 72-year-old woman reported several shots were fired into her house in the 200 block of Bellefontaine Street. No injuries were reported.

— At 7:53 p.m., officers were sent to the 1500 block of Holly Hill, where they found a 23-year-old man had been shot while watching television in his living room with friends. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Eight other people were in the home; none of them was injured.

— At 11:12 p.m., several residents reported hearing gunshots in the 1500 block of Holly Hill, but could not specify where. Two residents discovered, though, that several rounds had gone into their homes.

"There's a good possibility that some of the shootings on Holly Hill are related," Griffet said, and could involve groups that have an ongoing conflict with each other.

"It's unfortunate that some people think that's the way they have to resolve something," Griffet said.

He said police are talking to victims and others who may know who is responsible.

"We oftentimes look at who was the intended target — was it someone who stays at that address, or (someone) who came across somebody they may have had a problem with," he said. "Usually people will talk about what has taken place."

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 351-4545. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS (8477), or leave a tip online anonymously at http://www.373tips.com or via text by sending CCTIP and the information to 274637 (CRIMES).

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Lostinspace wrote on January 07, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Quick, more guns, or we're all doomed!

RedWing5 wrote on January 07, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Quick! More anti-gun sarcasm or we are all doomed!

Brandon Booher wrote on January 09, 2013 at 7:01 am

Remember that if you're ever subjected to a home invasion and only one side of the party has a firearm.  Hopes and dreams are nice...but they aren't going to protect what you own and love. 

SaintClarence27 wrote on January 09, 2013 at 8:01 am

The most likely scenario is that neither are you; instead, the firearm is more likely to be stolen and used against either you or someone else who is innocent. People like to pretend that they know what they are doing when it comes to self-defense, but the reality is that they do not.

rsp wrote on January 07, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Just think, if they didn't have guns so handy, they couldn't hide in their cars and shoot at little kids to show what big "men" they are. And what kind of women would be impressed by this that they would follow them around? And then there's the people who hide in their houses saying it's okay with them if their kids get shot up. Just don't make them have to talk to the police. 

americanproud wrote on January 07, 2013 at 9:01 pm

This is very frightening.  I feel like I'm reading the front page of the Chicago Tribune.  Are these drive-by shootings or are they targeted?  Thank goodness the 10-year-old child wasn't hurt.

americanproud wrote on January 07, 2013 at 9:01 pm

P.S.:  And I'm glad the 72-year-old lady wasn't hurt.

whatithink wrote on January 08, 2013 at 6:01 am

They should ban all guns completely and all these thugs/criminals will most definitely turn in their illegally owned guns and ammo...........SURE, that's the most logical solution.

SaintClarence27 wrote on January 08, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Nice strawman. Nobody is arguing for the total banning of guns - especially since it would take a constitutional amendment to do so. People are arguing for common-sense gun control measures.

Brandon Booher wrote on January 08, 2013 at 6:01 am

Presumably they'll just check the FOID records and start their search there.....he says with heavy sarcasm.

 

 

mark taylor's ghost wrote on January 08, 2013 at 11:01 am

Like the NRA says: "An armed society is a POLITE SOCIETY"!!!!!!!!!!!11!

If only everyone in town had guns, they could shoot back and then there wouldn't be all these bullets flying all over the pla...

Oh wait.

Uh.

ONLY A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN CAN STOP A BAD GUY WITH A GUN WHO'S KILLING PEOPLE BUT NOT WITH THE GUN COS GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE, BAD GUYS WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE WHEN THERE'S NO GOOD GUY WITH A GUN AROUND TO KILL HIM BECAUSE GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE POLITELY AND SAFELY BUT REMEMBER, IT'S NOT THEIR GUNS THAT POLITELY KILLED THE BAD GUYS WITH GUNS WHOSE GUNS ARE ALSO TOTALLY NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ALL THE PEOPLE THEY POLITELY KILLED WITH THEIR BAD GUY GUNS!!!!!

Tu capiche?

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 08, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Sadly, I understood that.  Ciao..

rsp wrote on January 08, 2013 at 11:01 pm

You're becoming indoctrinated! Before long you'll need to go to their meetings.

SaintClarence27 wrote on January 09, 2013 at 8:01 am

They have meetings?

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 09, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I meant Tu capiche.  You understand?

Brandon Booher wrote on January 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

You would be wrong, part of owning is being trained in their use.  You couple that with two large dogs and an alarm system, and I think we will be just fine.  When it comes down to brass tacks, I would have absolutely no issue shooting an intruder who posed a danger to my or my families well being. 

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

Nothing in the State of Illinois gun laws requires training.  The application for a FOID card has nothing in it regarding training.  Any idiot without a felony can get a FOID card, and buy an AR-15 with a 30 round magazine; no training required. 

Glad that your family is safe.  I have no problem with that.

SaintClarence27 wrote on January 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

You may not have an issue, but you're statistically more likely to shoot yourself or a member of your family.