North Sixth Street scene of more gunfire
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign police department is investigating a report of shots having been fired in the same neighborhood where a man was gunned down in daylight three weeks ago.
A release from Champaign police Lt. Bob Rea said someone fired multiple shots into a house where adults and children were present Monday morning.
Police went to the 1100 block of North Sixth Street at 3:39 a.m. Monday after receiving an anonymous 911 call that a person was shooting from a maroon van. At the time, officers were unable to locate the van and were unaware of any homes being hit.
Later, the residents of the house that had been hit reported that someone had fired rounds into their home.
Officers found the that house had been struck seven times and that the damage was consistent with bullets going through the walls.
“This area has been unusually violent recently and, in this incident, suspects shot blindly into an occupied home where small children were present,” Rea said in the release.
“The Champaign police need anyone with any information to please share it with us as soon as possible so we can further our investigation. Otherwise, these callous criminals may shoot again and we may not be as fortunate as we were this time, in that no one was injured or killed.”
On July 19, Rakim Vineyard, 22, was shot in the 1000 block of North Sixth Street, about a block north of Douglass Park, at 12:24 p.m. He died about four hours later at Carle Foundation Hospital. Police have not arrested his killer or killers.
Anyone with information that could help police should call the department at 217-351-4545 or contact Champaign County 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).
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.