UPDATE: Two arrested in midmorning shooting in Urbana business district

UPDATE: Two arrested in midmorning shooting in Urbana business district

UPDATE, 2 p.m.:

URBANA — No one was injured in a midmorning shootout in an Urbana business district that resulted in the arrest of two men.

“There were a lot of people out. We were very lucky nobody got hit,” Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said early Tuesday afternoon.

The drama started about 10:16 a.m. when two men got off a bus at the corner of Cunningham and Oakland avenues.

“They cross the street, a van pulls up and two guys start chasing the primary intended target south from Cunningham and Oakland,” Surles said.

Multiple people called 911, resulting in a heavy turnout of law-enforcement officers from the Urbana and University of Illinois police departments and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

Surles said many people started directing police to where the suspects and victims were believed to be.

“There’s people running here, there and everywhere,” he said.

Police found the Champaign man they believe was the intended victim hiding inside a nearby business. Surles said police also located the woman who was with him. Neither was physically injured.

Two Urbana police officers found and arrested Kendale Stevenson-Peoples, 22, of the 1200 block of Providence Circle, Champaign, near a business in the 1000 block of North Cunningham.

A sheriff’s deputy and two Urbana police officers found Michael C. Smith, 23, of Chicago, on Highland Drive on the west side of Cunningham.

Both men were arrested on preliminary charges of attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm. They are expected to be formally charged Wednesday.

Surles said Smith declined to speak with police and was taken to the county jail. Stevenson-Peoples was taken to jail after being interviewed.

Police found a brown van believed involved in the shooting near a business in the 1000 block of North Cunningham and brought in a UI police dog to sniff for evidence. They are also looking for the person who was driving that van.

Not far from where the van was parked, police found a handgun under a pile of rubbish, Surles said.

“We believe two guns were involved,” he said, adding he did not know the exact number of shots but said many were fired.

Police were busy interviewing witnesses because there were several out.

“There were construction workers up there — Cunningham is down to one lane of traffic around there. There were a ton of cars. There were a lot of people out,” he said.

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Original story, published 1:20 p.m.:

URBANA — Police said two people are in custody after shots were fired on the north side of town Tuesday morning.

Lt. Rich Surles said officers from Urbana, the University of Illinois and the Champaign County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Cunningham and Oakland avenues at 10:16 a.m.

He said officers arrested one suspect after a foot chase, while they found another in a van in the area of Cunningham and Kerr. Officers also recovered a handgun in that area. Surles said a third suspect is still at large.

Surles said officers found the victim at a nearby business.  That person was not hit by the gunfire.

Surles said police don't have a "clear understanding" about what led up to the shooting.

— Tim Ditman

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