Updated: Urbana police investigate shootings, home invasion

Updated: Urbana police investigate shootings, home invasion

URBANA — Urbana police continue to investigate several violent crimes that occurred early Tuesday in that city but they are not sure if they are related.

Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said police were called at 12:30 a.m. to Montclair Drive and Race Street because shots had been fired in that area.

Police found a vehicle with bullet holes in it in the 400 block of Burkwood Court West. Three Champaign women who had been in it fled to that cul de sac for help after having been fired upon.

They were apparently en route to an Urbana address to visit a man, Seraphin said, when they stopped momentarily at Race and Montclair and were fired on.

A 26-year-old Champaign woman received a gunshot wound to the head for which she was treated and released from Carle Foundation Hospital. Seraphin said the bullet lodged between the woman's scalp and her skull and doctors decided to leave it there.

Police learned that an unknown number of people got out of a vehicle that was behind the women's vehicle when they stopped momentarily near the intersection of Race and Montclair. The only description police had of the vehicle with the shooter was that it was possibly a maroon sport utility vehicle.

About two hours later, at 2:28 a.m., police received another call of shots being fired in the 700 block of Colorado Avenue, and at 2:40 a.m., a home invasion happened in the 700 block of South Vawter Street.

Seraphin said the home invasion involved a man with a gun who forced his way into a woman's home and wanted to know the whereabouts of another man. The woman was not physically harmed.

Just a minute after the home invasion was reported, at 2:41 a.m., University of Illinois police officers chased a silver van that was believed to be involved in the home invasion. Police stopped the pursuit at Springfield and Prospect avenues in Champaign because it was too fast to be safe.

Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, that van was located by police in the 500 block of Pfeffer Road in Urbana. Police were watching it and when a person got in it to leave, they followed. However, the pursuit of that van was also terminated as the van headed west into Champaign, Seraphin said.

Then, about noon Tuesday, Champaign police spotted the van and pulled it over after a brief pursuit, Seraphin said.

The female driver was arrested for obstructing justice for not stopping immediately; her passenger, a man who got out and ran, was arrested for resisting a peace officer.

Seraphin said late Tuesday afternoon that investigators did not know if the van and its occupants may have been related to the early morning Urbana crimes.

"We have been trying to figure out how related this is, if at all. I cannot say the home invasion and the shots fired in the 700 block of Colorado are related to the Race and Montclair (shooting) situation," he said.

Seraphin said he was confident, however, that the Urbana shootings were not related to shots that were fired in Douglass Park in Champaign about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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pushpin1 wrote on July 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

I am not surprised that people on a crime spree would pause at Race & Montclair...THERE ARE NO STREET LIGHTS on either side of Montclair, from Race to Vine!

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on July 23, 2013 at 9:07 am
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It's those damned professors.


But I did find this interesting article, which is probably not related:


ROB McCOLLEY wrote on July 29, 2013 at 8:07 am
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My previous comment was a response to a now deleted comment.


I don't think streetlights solve anything. They allow late night passersby a better look at what's in the neighborhood. They also cost a lot, use energy, and degrade the view.