Urbana police investigate Sunday shooting

Urbana police investigate Sunday shooting

URBANA — A man shot multiple times in a southeast Urbana apartment early Sunday remains hospitalized but is expected to live.

Urbana police are investigating the circumstances of how he was shot and who fired the gun, but it's believed the shooting occurred during a home invasion at an apartment building in the 2000 block of Vawter Street. No arrests have been made.

"There was a report of shots fired and officers went to check and couldn't find anything initially," Sgt. Dan Morgan said of the first call police received around 12:30 a.m.

"A few minutes later, we got a call of a man in a gas station with an injury," he said.

The 23-year-old resident of the Vawter apartment showed up at the nearby Super K at Colorado Avenue and Philo Road with cuts and abrasions. Morgan said some of his injuries were the result of falling as he ran to get help.

The man reported that he was home when three or four men came to his door and forced their way in.

"He fought and one pulled a gun on him," Morgan said. "They struggled over the gun and several shots were fired. He was able to break free and flee."

About 12:48 a.m., the man with multiple gunshot wounds was dropped off at the emergency room entrance at Carle Foundation Hospital, Morgan said.

"It took us quite a while to identify him and for protective reasons, we are not going to (publicly) identify him," Morgan said.

Morgan said police conducted a court-ordered search of the Vawter Street apartment, but because of the ongoing investigation, he declined to say what evidence they found.

Anyone with information about the home invasion and shooting is asked to call Urbana police at 384-2320 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Information may also be sent anonymously online at http://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 to an arrest. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.

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