East Urbana neighborhood scene of shots fired

East Urbana neighborhood scene of shots fired

URBANA — Urbana police are looking for the person or people responsible for shots being fired in an east Urbana neighborhood earlier this week.

Police were called to the same neighborhood just south of Washington Street twice within about four hours.

Lt. Rich Surles said just before 11 p.m. Monday, officers found five spent casings near the intersection of Hunter Street and Austin Drive. Then, about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers were called back to the 1100 block of Austin Drive where an unknown person fired at least four rounds, Surles said.

In both cases, officers received no reports of property or people being hit.

“What’s most concerning is we have two in the same area, pretty close in time. Each time, we recovered 9 mm shell casings,” Surles said.

The lieutenant described the shooting sites as a “neighborhood we are concerned about,” given the frequent number of calls police handle in that area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Urbana Police Department at 217-384-2320 or Crime Stoppers 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). Crime Stoppers 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.

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