NEW: Champaign police seek motive in city's second fatal shooting of 2017

NEW: Champaign police seek motive in city's second fatal shooting of 2017

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are working to find witnesses and learn a motive for the fatal shooting of a man in north Champaign Thursday night, the second in the city this year.

“We are operating under the premise that he was the intended target,” said Lt. Dave Shaffer of the death of Gus D. Edwards.

Mr. Edwards, 53, was pronounced dead at 9:51 p.m. Thursday at Carle Hospital in Urbana after being shot about 8:10 p.m. near the intersection of Beardsley Avenue and North Elm Street, a residential neighborhood about a block north of Spalding Park.

Shaffer said Friday the only description of the shooter police have is a black male who was on foot when the shooting happened.

“At the time he was shot, (Mr. Edwards) was there by himself,” Shaffer said.

“We are working to confirm a few witnesses and trying to talk to people who may have information.”

Shaffer said at least one house in the area was hit by gunfire but no one else was reported injured.

On June 2, Darien Carter, 24, of Champaign, was fatally shot about 6:15 p.m. as he rode his bicycle on East Eureka Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.

Police arrested Marquise Burnett, 21, of Champaign, for Mr. Carter’s murder five days later. He remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bond and is due back in court Aug. 12.

In other recent Champaign shootings: 

— Two men were hit by gunfire about 11:30 p.m. on July 20 at a party in the 900 block of North Third Street. No arrests have been made for those. The men’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.

— One man showed up at a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg about 1:30 a.m. on July 25 after shots were reported in the 1400 block of Williamsburg Drive. Dushawn Bradley, 29, who lived in that block, was later charged with being an armed habitual criminal after police found a gun and ammunition in his home. 

Anyone with information of Thursday night’s homicide is asked to call Champaign police at 351-4545. Those who wish to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward may call Crime Stoppers at 373-8477 or submit information anonymously online at 373tips.com or through the free mobile app “P3 Tips.”

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

CHAMPAIGN — A shooting Thursday night on Champaign's north side has left one person gravely injured. 

Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer said a 53-year-old man was shot near the intersection of West Beardsley Avenue and North Elm Street about 8:10 p.m. Thursday.

Shaffer said the man was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police were canvassing the neighborhood and scurrying to collect evidence before a fast-moving storm hit the area. They had a tent set up near where the man was shot and were examining houses nearby to see if they had been hit by stray rounds.

The shooting occurred about a block north of Spalding Park and one block south of Bradley Avenue.

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call the department at 351-4545. Those who wish to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward may call Crime Stoppers at 373-8477 or submit information anonymously online at www.373tips.com or through the free mobile app "P3 Tips." 

This is a developing story.

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