CHAMPAIGN - Champaign police are investigating the shooting of a teen in a north Champaign neighborhood Friday - the same area where shots were fired the night before.
At 9:33 p.m. Friday, police were called to Eureka and State streets after witnesses reported hearing six or seven
gunshots and someone screaming.
Officers found a 16 year-old boy who reported being shot by two suspects. He described them as being black males wearing dark colored, hooded jackets. One wore a dark blue hooded jacket while the other wore a black hooded jacket.
The teen was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital for what was described as a non-life-threatening injury.
Based on information they collected Friday, police believe the shooting is related to another shooting that happened about two blocks away in the 800 block of North State Street about 7:46 p.m. Thursday
Witnesses reported hearing seven or eight gunshots apparently exchanged by people in two cars, one red and the other silver. Two vehicles and two houses were hit by several rounds but there were no injuries.
At least one of the homes was occupied at the time of the shooting but police believe that resident was not the intended target.
“These acts of gun violence are extremely concerning,” said Police Chief Anthony Cobb. “A juvenile was shot and innocent families were put at risk by this reckless behavior. Champaign police officers will use every legal means available to arrest these offenders and anyone else criminally associated with them.”
The Champaign police department is sharing information on these incidents with all local law enforcement agencies and will be doing targeted patrols where the offenders and their criminal associates are known to be in an effort to arrest them and disrupt their ability to conduct any further shootings.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Champaign police at (217) 351-4545 or Crimestoppers at (217) 373-8477(TIPS). Callers can also submit anonymous tips online to Crimestoppers at www.373tips.com or by texting the following: CCTIP plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for these