UPDATE: No one hurt, no arrests yet after shots fired near Centennial

UPDATE: No one hurt, no arrests yet after shots fired near Centennial

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — Parents of Champaign Central band members received a slight scare Monday when reports surfaced about shots fired just across the street from where the first day of band camp was happening.

But the 150 members of the Marching Maroons just so happened to be taking a lunch break when police were called around 1:15 p.m. to the southeast corner of Crescent Drive and John Street.

Champaign police spokesman Tom Yelich said officers found some shell casings but no victims at the scene, located just across Crescent from the area north of Centennial High School where Central's band spent much of Monday.

No arrests in connection with the incident had been reported as of Monday evening.

"I found out about it when I came back from lunch," said Central band director John Currey. "There were parents here looking over our stuff during lunch, and they were the ones who called the cops.

"When I came back from lunch, there were some folks from Centennial who were headed out to talk to the police, and police told them that things were secure. So I wasn't worried about it.

"I do know that things happen from time to time over there. Sometimes, it feels like it is the Hatfields and the McCoys over there. We get some of that residual garbage. I have had to cancel things in the past or tell the kids to get out of here quickly, but nothing today."

Stacie Young didn't find out about the incident until she came later in the day to pick up her son, trumpet player Ben Young.

"I'm not shocked, unfortunately," Young said. "I feel like we are all desensitized by all the crime going on. I trust the teachers that, if they thought there would be a threat, the band wouldn't be out here this afternoon.

"And, honestly, I trust the Champaign police. If they thought it was a threat, the kids wouldn't be out here."

Another parent, Hope Borbely, learned about the report of shots fired from social media.

"My son, Jonah, is on the drumline," Borbely said. "I was initially worried, but I knew that, if something went wrong, we parents would be notified."

Mary Laros said she was glad she didn't hear about what happened until she showed up toward the end of camp to pick up daughter Demi.

"I can see her out there on the field playing her saxophone," she said. "This is her fourth year with (Central band leaders John and Jennifer Currey), and I have all the confidence in the world with their leadership."

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Original story, published 2:40 p.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating a report of shots fired Monday afternoon near Crescent and John streets.

Police received reports of as many as six to eight shots being fired near an apartment complex on the north side of John Street at 1:14 p.m.

Officers canvassed the area for evidence and brought in a dog from the Champaign County Sheriff's Office to assist. There were no reports of anyone being hit.

The area where the shots were heard being fired is just north of Centennial High School.

Unit 4 spokesperson Emily Schmit was checking into whether anyone had to be taken inside the school.

Members of Central High School's Marching Maroons were at the practice field to the south of the shooting scene for their first day of band camp.

— Tim Ditman

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