Police probing late-night shootings in Champaign

Police probing late-night shootings in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — For the second weekend in a row, Champaign police are dealing with shootings in two different areas that may or may not be related.

Deputy Chief Dave Shaffer said at 11:03 p.m. Friday there was gunfire in the 1100 block of Joanne Lane.

Witnesses said a white Ford Explorer and a black Chevrolet Impala drove through the neighborhood fast. As the vehicles were leaving the area near Joanne and Powers lanes, witnesses heard multiple shots.

A short time later, an 18-year-old Champaign man arrived at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana to be treated for a non-life threatening injury.

The man said he was standing outside a home in the 1100 block of Joanne Lane when the gunfire began and believes he was hit at that time.

“We don’t have anything to determine whether or not he was hit by a stray round or was the intended target,” Shaffer said.

Minutes later, at 11:10 p.m., police were told that a second man had arrived at Carle Foundation Hospital with a gunshot wound, also considered non-life-threatening.

Preliminary investigation suggests that 19-year-old was shot near Mattis and University avenues while inside a vehicle that was leaving a nearby gas station.

Shaffer said police don't know yet if the two incidents are related.

The are processing evidence and interviewing potential witnesses to find out what happened and why.

Last weekend, about 8 p.m. Friday, an 18-year-old Champaign man was shot multiple times as he stood in the 300 block of East Hill Street, the apparent target of whoever shot him.

And around 9:30 p.m., a 40-year-old man was shot in the arm at Beardsley Park. He was not as cooperative with police.

Police have made no arrests in either of those cases, Shaffer said.

Anyone with information related to these shootings is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545. Detectives will speak privately with anyone who has information.

Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477, online at http://www.373tips.com or through the "P3 Tips" mobile application.

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