Shooting incidents leave one man injured

Shooting incidents leave one man injured

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating three separate incidents of shots fired Thursday night and Friday morning, one of which left a Champaign man with a non-life-threatening injury.

Lt. Dave Shaffer said shots were fired in the 2000 block of Ola Drive about 9:04 p.m. and in the 2400 block of West Springfield Avenue about 9:11 p.m. Thursday by a man in a black Chevrolet Tahoe.

It's unknown if those are related to a shooting that injured a man at the Countrybrook Apartments in the 2600 block of West Springfield Avenue at 2:20 a.m. Friday, he said.

Police received several calls of shots fired on Ola Drive, a short street just east of Jefferson Middle School. Officers found several shell casings in the street and interviewed witnesses who described the shooter as a black man wearing a black baseball cap, who was in a black Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

Minutes later, police were called to the 2400 block of West Springfield Avenue for reports of shots fired from a black Tahoe but could find no evidence.

No one was injured, that police know of, in either of those blocks. Shaffer said he was uncertain if there was any property damage.

At 2:18 a.m. Friday, police were called to Countrybrook, where they found a 23-year-old Champaign man on the ground outside an apartment building.

Shaffer said the man had been involved in a physical fight outside and during the course of that, he heard shots fired.

"He runs away and realizes he had taken a round in the forearm," Shaffer said.

Officers gave him treatment at the scene before he was taken to a local hospital.

Anyone with informaiton on any of these shootings is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545.

Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at, or through the "P3 Tips" mobile app.

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Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes. wrote on August 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Need to reset the "welcome to Champaign-- gun fire free for X days " clock back to zero.  We almost got to double digits.