UPDATED: Man, woman killed early Wednesday in Danville

UPDATED: Man, woman killed early Wednesday in Danville

DANVILLE — Police continue to investigate a double homicide on the east side of the city that claimed the lives of a Danville man and woman.

Neighbors in the cul de sac at the north end of Giddings Street were shaken Wednesday morning when they were awakened to police and other emergency personnel in the area.

According to neighbors, police knocked on doors in the early morning hours asking questions about what residents may have seen or heard.

According to Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason police officers were called at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday to a report of shots fired in the 1200 block of Giddings, which runs north from East Fairchild for several blocks and dead ends at the cul de sac. The neighborhood is just east of Danville fire department's main station on Griffin Street.

Callers indicated a woman was being chased by a man, according to Thomason.

When police arrived, they found 26-year-old Miranda Oatis, of Danville, in the side yard of a house in the cul de sac. The victim of an apparent gunshot wound, she was pronounced dead at the scene, Thomason said.

Across the street, inside a house at 1210 Giddings Street, Thomason said, police found the body of 36-year-old Dajunrae Gouard dead inside one of the rooms, but would not specify where in the house. He also was the victim of an apparent gunshot, Thomason said.

According to neighbors, Mrs. Oatis lived at the house where Mr. Gouard was found dead.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said autopsies revealed both victims died of multiple gun shots.

Thomason said police had found Mrs. Oatis first and then in a search of the area found a door open to the house where Mr. Gouard was found. Police announced their presence at the door of that house and went inside when no one answered and found Mr. Gouard.

Thomason said the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about the homicides are asked to call police or use Crimestoppers at 446-TIPS.

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