Champaign police investigate incident involving a gun

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating a reported attempted aggravated assault involving a gun on Monday afternoon.

Champaign police first provided the details of the incident on Thursday afternoon.

According to Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn, officers were called to the 600 block of East Columbia Avenue at 2:23 p.m. Monday to respond to a report of a man with a gun.

By the time officers arrived, the man had already left, according to the report.

An 18-year-old man told police he was walking home in the 500 block of East Grove Street when he passed several other men sitting on a bench in a park. The men began to follow the pedestrian and threatened to batter him.

The man then ran home and reported the incident to a family member.

Police said the group of men continued to walk toward the victim's home, with one of the men appearing to hold a gun. That man threatened to harm anyone who was inside the home.

The gunman was described as a black male with a thin build. He is 5 feet, 8 inches all, had an "Afro" hairstyle and was wearing a dark blue shirt and blue pants.

The group of men were last seen walking north on Wright Street.

"Officers do not believe this incident to be a random act of violence and are still searching for the suspects," Dunn said.

Dunn said the victim did not report any injuries.

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