UPDATE: Two women hospitalized after shooting at Urbana house party

UPDATE: Two women hospitalized after shooting at Urbana house party

URBANA — Two women remained hospitalized following a shooting early Sunday morning at an Urbana house party.

Police Lt. Richard Surles said a 23-year-old Champaign woman was in serious but stable condition at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana after being shot in the leg.

A 21-year-old female University of Illinois student underwent surgery Sunday morning at Carle after being shot in the back. She was listed in stable condition.

According to Surles, officers were called to the 800 block of West Springfield Avenue, between Lincoln and Busey avenues, at 2:04 a.m. to respond to multiple reports of shots fired. When they arrived, they found a house party with 200 or more people present. They then located the two gunshot victims, who were taken to Carle.

The 800 block of West Springfield, which had been closed following the incident, was re-opened by 10:20 a.m. Sunday.

"Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that multiple offenders, believed to be at least five in total, came to the house and attempted to gain entry to the house party," Surles said. "The offenders were denied entry to the house. Two other persons were present when the offenders were denied entry. The offender then proceeded to rob the two uninvolved persons of personal property. The offenders displayed at least one handgun during the course of the robbery."

While the robbery was taking place, several people attending the house party went outside, and multiple shots were fired.

Surles said at least one gunshot entered the house and hit one of the women.

Assisting Urbana police were officers from the Champaign and University of Illinois police departments and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, along with a crime-scene investigator from the Illinois State Police and detectives from the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force.

Surles said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

"Anyone that was present at the house party or anyone that has video or photographs from the party or the incident are encouraged to contact detectives from the Urbana Police Department," he said.

Anyone with information should call the Urbana Police Department at 217-384-2320, or, if wishing to remain anonymous, contact Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS or 373tips.com or via the free "P3 Tips" mobile app.

All tips submitted are electronically stripped of any identifying information and processed by a third-party answering service, not law enforcement. Cash rewards of up to $1,000 are paid for information leading to an arrest. Tipsters will not be asked their names.

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GLG wrote on January 21, 2018 at 11:01 am

200 people at a house party, 5 shooters, No discription of any of shooters. 

It's not really a party until the guns come out and the shooting starts!

JamBam wrote on January 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Diversity on campus.....what a beautiful thing.  Ain't that right Dr. Jones? 

At this rate, the U of I will be the next Mizzou.  Nobody should send their kids here. 

Rocky7 wrote on January 22, 2018 at 4:01 am

JamBam,  Maybe it has been happening for years.  One of my friends inquired about UIUC because his daughter thought of attending it. When I exlained that FBI statistics indicated  that Champaign County had the highest burglary and robbery rate in Illinois, he encouraged her to apply elsewhere and she did.

Homeboy wrote on January 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

What’s the sense in even trying to find the perps? S.A. Reitz will give them probation anyways.

Silence Dogood II wrote on January 21, 2018 at 1:01 pm

Come on, Homeboy! Yoy know by now that Difanis will quash any warrants before Rietz even gets a chance to try the case.

airrecon wrote on January 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

This late-night-after-the-bars-close-loud-crowd kind of party house is not an isolated item. There are several throughout both cities. Here the event turned into dangerous live-fire exercise.

Is there any kind of "occupancy limit" to houses?  Two hundred people take up a fair amount of space and probably generate a little bit of noise. What about the folks that live in the neighborhood with their right to some peace and quiet...not to mention being subject to errant rounds?


social justice warrior wrote on January 21, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Urbana should invite the Champaign PTA mom over.  No shootings in our city since she spoke stearnly about the people with guns.

BruckJr wrote on January 21, 2018 at 4:01 pm

The sanctuary city.  Criminals welcome.