Woman may not have been intended target in shooting
URBANA — Urbana police say a homeless woman shot in the head in northwest Urbana three weeks ago may not have been the intended target of her shooter.
A release from Lt. Bryant Seraphin further said that Jenyra Reeves, 23, a longtime resident of Champaign-Urbana, will likely not see clearly again as a result of being shot in the head.
On Wednesday, July 30, about 4:35 a.m., Urbana police were sent to the entrance of the Hamilton on the Park apartment complex at the corner of Wright and Eads streets. They found Reeves down on the sidewalk on the north side of 1400 W. Eads St. She had been hit by gunfire.
Seraphin said Reeves had been temporarily staying with friends in the 1300 block of Ellis Drive, about three blocks from where she was shot.
“It is believed Jenyra was struck in the head by intentional gunfire but was not specifically targeted due to her identity. Police believe she was walking home and was targeted for simply being in the vicinity of the troubled apartment complex,” Seraphin said.
Police have recovered nearby surveillance video which shows two cars hurriedly leaving the area right after the shooting. Both cars were being driven west into Champaign.
Reeves will require long-term health care as a result of this shooting.
“It is believed she will lose total vision in one eye and (have) severely diminished vision in the other eye. Jenyra suffered a traumatic brain injury which will affect her memory, emotions, planning, and motivation throughout her life. She is no longer in critical condition but does remain hospitalized,” Seraphin said.
Urbana police continue to investigate and ask anyone with any information to call the department at 217-384-2320. Callers may remain anonymous by calling
Crimestoppers at 217-373-TIPS or by texting “CCTip” plus the information to CRIMES (274637).