UPDATED: Man shot in north Champaign dies

UPDATED: Man shot in north Champaign dies

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are looking for a man who shot another in that city just before 12:30 p.m. Saturday, killing him.

Late Saturday night, Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said that Rakim J. Vineyard, 22, of Champaign, was pronounced dead at 4:47 p.m. Saturday in the critical care unit of Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Champaign police said earlier in the day that Mr. Vineyard had been found shot in the 1000 block of North Sixth Street about 12:24 p.m.

He was found lying on a sidewalk, police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said.

Witnesses described the shooter as a black man between 17 and 25 years old, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, wearing a white shirt and blue jean shorts or pants.

Police have not released any other information about the shooting, the second gun-related death in the city in less than four weeks.

On June 24, Allen Redding, 26, of Champaign, was shot in the 1500 block of Hedge Road, Champaign, and died of his injuries. Three men have been criminally charged in connection with his death. Only two have been arrested.

Northrup said an autopsy would be performed Monday. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Callers can also submit anonymus tips online to Crimestoppers at www.373tips.com or by texting: CCTIP plus the information to 274637.

 

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Ellen wrote on July 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

This needs to stop!! Twenty two...he had his whole life in front of him. The news is full of terrorist threats and claims from "the enemy". WE ARE THE ENEMY!!!!!  Please let this senseless killing stop. You want to fight, drop the weapons and use your hands. Is your pride or your convictions worth destroying YOUR civilization. I pray for the family for all of those involved in these senseless acts.