UPDATE: Central-Centennial game moved to Saturday morning in aftermath of shooting

UPDATE: Central-Centennial game moved to Saturday morning in aftermath of shooting

This weekend's Central-Centennial football game has been moved from Friday night to 8 a.m. Saturday in the aftermath of Tuesday’s shooting of a 16-year-old Central student.

“Although there is no information to suggest a threat to the schools or school-related activities, and in an overabundance of caution,” the game has been moved, Unit 4 and Champaign police said in a joint statement.

Friday night’s scheduled grand opening ribbon cutting of Tommy Stewart Field will also move back a day, to halftime of Saturday’s game.

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The 16-year-old victim of a shooting Tuesday was a student at Champaign Central High School, Unit 4 officials confirmed Wednesday.

David Sankey was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital at 10:34 p.m. Tuesday from a gunshot wound to the head.

In a letter sent to Central parents Wednesday, principal Joe Williams said the district’s crisis team is available for all Central students and urged parents to monitor how their children respond to the news.

“David’s death will impact our students, staff and community, and our thoughts are with David’s family in this difficult time,” Williams wrote. “Today and in the coming days, our crisis team, consisting of both district and school personnel, will be meeting with students and staff who are affected by the loss of David. These individuals are trained mental health professionals and are available to talk to with your child should your child need additional support at school.”

Williams added that counselors would be available for students whose reactions “do not seem to improve over some time.”  

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UPDATE, 3 a.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — A teenager critically wounded in a shooting Tuesday night on the city's northwest side has died of his injuries.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said David Sankey, 16, of Champaign was pronounced dead at 10:34 p.m. Tuesday in the emergency room of Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana from a gunshot wound to the head.

Northrup said the death is being investigated as a homicide by his office and Champaign police.

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Original story, published 10:42 p.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — Police are on the scene of a shooting Tuesday night on the city's northwest side that left a teenager critically wounded.

Lt. Nate Rath said officers were called to the area of Paula Drive and Larkspur Lane, just south of Garden Hills Elementary School, at 8:31 p.m. after receiving a report of shots fired there.

When officers arrived, they found a teenage male who had received what they described as a life-threatening gunshot wound. The teen was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he was reported in critical condition late Tuesday night.

Rath said there are currently no suspects.

Police taped off a portion of Garden Hills south of Paula Drive while crime-scene investigators gathered evidence on the street.

"Champaign Police are investigating this incident and actively working to identify the circumstances leading to the shooting," Rath said. "Detectives are requesting to speak with anyone who may have been in the nearby area at the time of the report and/or anyone with information pertaining to the shooting and will arrange to speak privately with you."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Champaign police Investigations Division at 217-351-4545. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or 373tips.com or via the free "P3 Tips" mobile app.

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