Police seek shooters in Urbana
URBANA — Urbana police were combing neighborhoods in the southeast portion of the city Tuesday afternoon after several people reported hearing shots fired.
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Lt. Bob Fitzgerald said witnesses reported two men were shooting at each other in the 1300 block of Mitchem Drive around 2 p.m. No persons were hit and it’s believed no property was damaged, he said.
One of the men jumped a fence and ran south to Silver Street then to the west. The other ran east.
Both men were described as being black, in their late teens or early 20s. One was wearing a white T-shirt and dark jeans. The other had no shirt and had on blue-green boxer shorts that were showing above the waistband of his dark pants. One of the men was described as being 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and skinny. The other was estimated to be 6 feet tall with a medium build.
Because Urbana’s canine partner was off for the day, Champaign police brought theirs and Fitzgerald said the dog was able to direct police in a southerly direction for the man who jumped the fence. University of Illinois police were also helping.
Lt. Bryant Seraphin said police received several calls about the shots, which the department appreciates.
“We can’t do our job if the public doesn’t call so we need people to call us when these things do happen,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 217-384-2320 or callers who want to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477.
Information may also be sent anonymously online at www.373tips.com or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).