Third shooting in north Champaign in less than 24 hours
CHAMPAIGN - Champaign police are investigating a third shooting in less than 24 hours in that city.
And in all three shootings, people were hit by gunfire. Two were treated and released. The condition of the third is not known.
The latest incident happened about 6:45 p.m. at the Town Center Apartments in the 2400 block of North Neil Street just west of Market Place Mall.
Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said as police were investigating where in the complex the shots may have been fired, they learned that a person who claimed to have been shot in Champaign showed up at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for treatment. Griffet said police did learn that the man was shot at the Town Center complex. His injuries were described as non life-threatening.
Police did not immediately have any suspects in that shooting.
Earlier Saturday, there was another shooting in the Dobbins Downs neighborhood in northwest Champaign.
Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said at 2:30 a.m. a car with four people in it was driving in the area of Queens Way and Campbell Drive when a man appeared from bushes wielding two guns and began firing.
One man in the back seat behind the driver was hit and was taken to Carle by the others in the car.
Dunn said the victims did not give police much information. She said the man shot was treated and released.
The only description police got of the shooter was that he was black, about 6 feet tall, medium build, with short hair. He was wearing either bright red or orange shorts and a white shirt with a design in the same color as the shorts.
In the other incident, a man was shot in the leg about 3:40 a.m.
Police were called to an apartment building in the 1700 block of West John Street. The victim told police that three men had walked up to him and argued with him. He did not know who shot him and did not give police much in the way of descriptions of the assailants, Dunn said.
That man was also treated at Carle.
Griffet said he did not believe the shooting on West John Street was related to any of the shootings earlier this month on the city's north side but said it was possible that the Dobbins Downs shooting was.
Saturday’s gunfire makes at least nine reports received this month by Champaign police of shots being fired at people. Eight men have been hit but none is believed to have been seriously injured. To date, criminal charges have been filed against five men.
Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Information may also be sent anonymously online at www.373tips.com or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).
Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads an arrest. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.