UPDATE: 'Potential fight' might have sparked gunfire

UPDATE: 'Potential fight' might have sparked gunfire

UPDATE, 5 p.m. Saturday:

CHAMPAIGN — The three people wounded after shots were fired after Friday's boys' basketball game at Champaign Central High School were treated and released from the hospital, police said late this afternoon.

A "potential fight" could have been what sparked the gunfire near the corner of Lynn and University on the southeast side of the high school, authorities said.

"Preliminary investigation suggests that as a basketball game ended at Central High School, a large group of individuals moved outside of the school for a potential fight," Champaign police spokeswoman LaEisha Meaderds said.

Police have no information to suggest  there is a further threat to the school. Still, Champaign Police will have an increased presence at Central when school resumes Monday.

Champaign Unit 4 School District will offer counseling and crisis team member support to students and staff at Central.  


UPDATE, 12:55 a.m. Saturday:

CHAMPAIGN — At least three people were hospitalized after multiple shots were fired Friday night near Champaign Central High School as a packed Combes gym emptied out at the end of a tense boys' basketball game between the Maroons and Danville High Vikings.

Champaign police spokeswoman LaEisha Meaderds said about 9:20 p.m. Friday, multiple shots were fired by an unknown person from an area east of the school, injuring three people: a 15-year-old female Danville High School student, a 17-year-old female from Champaign and an 18-year-old female Parkland College student. All three were taken by ambulance to an area hospital for what Meaderds said were non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said there was also evidence of multiple incidents of property damage as a result of the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Champaign Police Department's Investigations Division at 217-351-4545 or, if wishing to remain anonymous, Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or 373tips.com or via the free "P3 tips" smartphone app.

Meaderds said it is not yet known if this shooting is related to one that happened about 15 minutes earlier on Cynthia Drive on the city's northwest side, in which a 25-year-old man was hospitalized.

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Original story, published 9:30 p.m. Friday:

CHAMPAIGN — Moments after the end of a tense boys' basketball game between Danville and Champaign Central high schools, shots were fired outside as fans exited Combes gym Friday night.

Two ambulances were seen picking up injured people from the scene of the incident, which sent students scattering in all directions on the east side of the high school.

A woman was seen being treated on the sidewalk on Lynn Street, and a window on the southeast corner of the high school had bullet holes in it.

More than a dozen police vehicles quickly swarmed the corner of University Avenue and Lynn Street around 9:10 p.m.

Police then taped off a one block area on University Avenue from Lynn Street to Elm Street.

Talk of shots fired spread among fans leaving the game, and several people were seen crying as paramedics arrived.

By 9:40 p.m., the area was under control, and it remains an active crime scene.

After the shooting, guests were initially not allowed to leave the game, which drew a large, intense crowd, but at 9:48 p.m., Principal Joe Williams said it was OK to leave.

The district sent out a tweet about the incident shortly before 11 p.m. that asked for patience while details are gathered.

Shortly after 11 p.m., Superintendent Susan Zola, Deputy Superintendent Laura Taylor and other Unit 4 administrators met with with Champaign Central administration and the police in the school's main office.

As investigators continued to work the scene outside the high school, Unit 4 spokeswoman Emily Schmit deferred questions to the Champaign police.

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cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on December 08, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Over on the social warrior website there are question why folks would send there kids to private school.


Many fights/shootings at Judah, countryside, next generation, STM?





lga wrote on December 09, 2017 at 7:12 am

Yeah. This is a good thought. While we're at it, we should send kids to private churches, too. You know... due to the Sutherland Springs and Charleston shootings. 

Oh, wait...

BruckJr wrote on December 09, 2017 at 8:12 am

I think most churches are private.

lga wrote on December 09, 2017 at 10:12 am

That’s kinda the point. Sending your kid somewhere “private” doesn’t protect him/her. 

jparks wrote on December 08, 2017 at 11:12 pm

If anyone is surprised by this they should turn their televisions on and their radios up.  It isn't just Chicago or New York or Los Angeles anymore.  It hasn't been for a long time.  When our States Attorney and our Judges continue to issue probation sentences for serious crimes, over and over again, people get the message that crimes won't be seriously punished.  More jails, more prisons, more work camps is the answer.  Before long, these places will have plenty of vacancy because people will get the message that criminal activity has negative consequences.

For the record, at the time of this posting I have no idea the race of the offender(s).  It doesn't matter. 

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on December 14, 2017 at 7:12 am
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It warms my heart that you're willing to fund more jobs & programs.

So often, it seems as though "law and order" types just want to complain. Next thing you know, they demand lower taxes without even recognizing the irony.

Good for you!

whatithink wrote on December 09, 2017 at 9:12 am

It would be nice to know?  Was the shooting just a random firing over a crowd of people, or was it directed towards a certain person/persons?    If it was a random shooting over the crowd, I'd be a little more concerned than if it was some thugs who don't know how to shoot a gun, even though those stray bullets are a serious danger and deadly to innocent bystanders.  

JimmyB wrote on December 09, 2017 at 9:12 am

Welcome to Chamcago....You asked for it, You Got it!

read the DI wrote on December 09, 2017 at 8:12 pm

So who won the game?

GLG wrote on December 10, 2017 at 12:12 am

Monday the citizens of Champaign will be treated to seeing Champaign County States Attorney Julia Reitz on TV clutching her trade mark handfull of empty file folders and she will tell them she is working hard along with the police to bring the shooter or shooters to justice, She is thinking about how much probation  these children will receive, if indeed if they are found. Voters had the chance to vote her out but they put her right back in office. Enjoy it folks you deserve it!

bcg wrote on December 10, 2017 at 8:12 pm

Reitz won reelection by a landslide.  Most people approve of the job she's doing.  You seem to be a sore loser without understanding the complexicities of the judicial syste.

jparks wrote on December 10, 2017 at 11:12 pm

bcg, as a former police officer I would respectfully request that you explain to us the complexities of the judicial system that you feel keep our States Attorney and our Judges from charging and sentencing convicted criminals to appropriate punishment. 

jparks wrote on December 11, 2017 at 10:12 pm

bcg, after almost 24 hours with no response it seems clear that you are putting way too much research and thought into your response.  That was not my intention.  Rather than trying to compile your top 25 or 50 complexities of the judicial system, could you possibly just share maybe your top one or two?  It should be much faster.  Thank you in advance.

Guywhoknows wrote on December 10, 2017 at 11:12 pm

I would hardly call a 57% win a landslide victory for Reitz. We will never know if she is a better SA than most because all she handles is select Juvenile cases. She allows her Assistant SA's to try the major cases in the county.

davidhosbiggestfan wrote on December 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Too bad it wasn't about a kid not making the basketball team, then the community would be up in arms.  Instead it is about wannabe bangers shooting guns aimlessly, no reason to get upset about that.

jparks wrote on December 13, 2017 at 8:12 pm

bcg, I have lost track of the hours.  Any thoughts at all?  Do you have friends with any intelligent thoughts?

Still waiting on the reasons that you believe exist which keep our States Attorney and our Judges from making the right decisions.