UPDATE: Chicago man killed in Champaign shooting

UPDATE: Chicago man killed in Champaign shooting

UPDATE, 8 p.m. Wednesday:

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating the city’s first homicide of 2018, which took place around midday Wednesday in the northwest part of the city.

Police were called at about 12:30 p.m. to the 1300 block of Sunset Drive, just north of Bloomington Road, where a Chicago man was found in the street, the apparent victim of a shooting.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Micheal White, 26, was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries at 1:01 p.m.

Police began talking to neighbors but weren’t getting a lot of information. An evidence technician took photos and measurements and collected what he could from the west side of Sunset, where the man was found near a curb. There are no sidewalks in that area.

The call about the victim was made anonymously to 911.

Detectives ask that anyone with information call the police station at 217-351-4545, where an officer will speak privately with the caller.

There were five homicides in Champaign in 2017, but arrests in only three of those cases. One man was convicted and is serving a 55-year prison sentence; a second is awaiting trial.

In November and December of last year, there were nine shootings in Champaign that resulted in injuries, one of which killed an Urbana man.

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Original story, published 2:10 p.m. Wednesday:

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating a fatal shooting this afternoon in the northwest part of the city.

Preliminary information is that police were called to the 1300 block of Sunset Drive, at the corner of Sunset and Bloomington Road, where a man was on the ground.

He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital. Police detectives are at the scene collecting evidence and trying to locate witnesses.

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