Hoopeston police say slain man wasn't intended target

HOOPESTON — Hoopeston police believe that a man who was shot to death in a local motel Sunday night wasn't the shooter's intended target.

Chief Mark Drollinger said his department and Vermilion County sheriff's investigators continue to probe the death of 40-year-old Bruce L. Eldridge of Hoopeston.

Drollinger said evidence has been collected and submitted to the Illinois State Police forensics lab for analysis, and police are still interviewing witnesses and others.

Mr. Eldridge was found in one of the rooms of the Downtown Motel, 200 E. Main St., shortly after 9 p.m.

Drollinger said the shooting occurred in an apartment near the room where Mr. Eldridge had been staying.

Witnesses in the room reported seeing a man dressed in black enter and fire shots, striking Mr. Eldridge. An area resident chased the suspect to a dark-colored SUV, which then drove off.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Hoopeston police at 217-283-5196.

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