Man arrested in early-Sunday shooting

Man arrested in early-Sunday shooting

CHAMPAIGN — A 27-year-old man was jailed on $1 million bond after a shooting early Sunday morning.

No injuries were reported.

It was the fourth reported shooting in just over 24 hours in Champaign and at least the 10th in June. Eight people have been wounded and six others arrested in connection with the incidents.

Champaign police were sent to the 300 block of East Green Street at 3:14 a.m. to a report of shots fired, according to police spokeswoman Rene Dunn. Witnesses told police they'd heard multiple shots and described a shooter and a vehicle.

Police found the vehicle and arrested Harvey Blakely, 27, of Champaign for unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated discharge of a firearm. The driver of the vehicle, Michael Gladney, 32, was arrested for fleeing and eluding and for disobeying a stop sign. A female passenger was apparently not arrested.

At least one vehicle was damaged, and evidence at the scene suggests more than one shooter was involved, Dunn said.

Three other shootings were reported in Champaign in just over 24 hours:

— At 2:30 a.m. Saturday, a car with four people in it was driving in the Dobbins Downs 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. 

— A man was shot in the leg about  3:40 a.m. at an apartment building in the 1700 block of West John Street. The victim there 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.

— At about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, police were called to the Town Center Apartments in the 2400 block of North Neil Street just west of Market Place Mall.

As they 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. Police confirmed 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.

Sunday’s gunfire makes at least 10 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. In addition to the arrests Sunday, criminal charges have been filed against five men.

Anyone with information can contact the Champaign police department at 217-351-4545. Tips can be submitted anonymously to Crimestoppers of Champaign County via phone at 217-373-8477 (373-TIPS); online at www.373tips.com; or via text by sending the keyword CCTIP and the message to CRIMES (274637).

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jdmac44 wrote on June 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Maybe we're better off with the advent of "gun violence", being that in the days of beat downs and knives, people would more likely be seriously injured. It seems now that these guys are more into making noise than anything else.

chinadoll wrote on June 24, 2013 at 5:06 am

It’s the beginning of the revolution.  The city centers must fall first.  A nuclear apocalypse will ignite Indianapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis and the flow of refugees will overwhelm the outlying communities.  Highways will become clogged and the fires will ignite slowly engulfing all regions.  The nuclear missiles are coming our way just as these gangsters are showing their wares.  The end is near and I hope I survive to watch humanity burn in a hell on earth.  The Demons are here folks and ready to take revenge.  God is Greatest!

chinadoll wrote on June 24, 2013 at 5:06 am

On a side note, my girlfriend recently kicked me out of the van and I’m in need of a new place to crash.  I don’t have any money or a job but I am an aspiring peanut butter sculptor with a few possible commissions lined up.  If you can put me up for six months or more, definitely let me know.  Reese’s is Greatest!