UPDATE: Two hurt in separate shootings in north Champaign

UPDATE: Two hurt in separate shootings in north Champaign

UPDATE - Champaign police say they have nothing to suggest that two shootings Friday night on the city's north side are related.

A release Saturday said a patrol officer was flagged down just before 8 p.m. at the intersection of North Third and East Washington streets by an-18-year-old Champaign man who had been shot multiple times.

He was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Police said preliminary information suggests the man was in the 300 block of East Hill Street when he was shot.

"We do not believe it was random," Deputy Chief Dave Shaffer said. "The motive is a work in progress."

In the second shooting at 9:31 p.m., police went to Beardsley Park in the 1000 block of North Walnut Street and learned that a 40-year-old Champaign man had been shot in the arm.

He had left on foot before police got there but was found in the 1000 block of North Neil Street and was also taken to a hospital.

Shaffer said that man has not been willing to share information with police about what happened.

Police ask anyone with information to call the department at 351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or online at www.373tips.com or through the P3 Tips mobile app.

ORIGINAL STORY 10:41 p.m. Friday

CHAMPAIGN — Two people were injured in separate shooting incidents Friday night in north Champaign, according to the Champaign Police Department.

At least one of the two was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound, police said. That person, who authorities wouldn't identify, was shot near Third and Hill streets around 7:54 p.m., according to Detective Benjamin Newell. The victim's injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening, Newell said.

The second victim was shot about 9:30 p.m. near Beardsley Park, Newell said, but he didn't share any futher details.

Multiple officers were canvassing the park with flashlights Friday night. They questioned people in the neighborhood about what they saw or heard, and they'd blocked off a portion of the park with police tape.

Officers at the scene declined to comment further, noting it is an ongoing investigation. It's unknown if the two shootings are connected.

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