UPDATE: No shots fired in Urbana


UPDATE: No shots fired in Urbana

URBANA — Police say a shooting reported by a caller Thursday afternoon never took place.

Lt. Rich Surles said that a woman called 911 at 3:53 p.m. to report that someone she knew had shot at her vehicle near the intersection of Lincoln and Bradley avenues.

The woman provided police with a vehicle description, license-plate number and the name of the person who supposedly shot her, Surles said.

An Urbana police officer saw a vehicle with a nearly identical plate number in that area and stopped it. There were two occupants. Both were detained by police; one was the person the caller identified as the shooter.

Police told the woman who made the call to meet with them to make a statement. Surles said the woman never met with police and stopped answering calls from METCAD.

The incident was investigated by Urbana police officers and detectives, a Champaign County Court Services probation officer and detectives from the Street Crimes Task Force.

“As a result of the investigation, it is believed no shooting occurred,” Surles said.

The occupants of the car were then released by police.

Anybody with additional information may call Urbana police at 217-384-2320 or, if wishing to remain anonymous, Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS.


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Whiskeydriver wrote on January 05, 2017 at 5:01 pm

These thugs need to take their crap back to Chicago.  Broad daylight drive-by's!  This is getting out of control.  

rsp wrote on January 05, 2017 at 7:01 pm

There was no drive-by, no shooting, they had to investigate though.

BART15 wrote on January 05, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Just another case of profiling if you ask Martel or the Professor.

uncommon_name wrote on January 05, 2017 at 7:01 pm

Just wait 24 hours, the next shooting will happen. Pretty nice little community this is turning out to be. But hey, at least it's progressive, amirite?

RLW wrote on January 06, 2017 at 1:01 am

It used to be a nice place to live. Thirty-forty years ago until the ghetto trash moved here.

JohnQPublic1 wrote on January 06, 2017 at 10:01 am

The person reporting the shots fired should be charged with filing a false police report. 

1. How would the person pulled out at gunpoint feel knowing it's a false report and to have to go through the trauma of guns pointed at him.  If that were me, I'd sue the person falsely reporting it. 


2. I feel bad for the police officers.  In a high stress job where shootings are very common now in Urbana/Champaign area....they are under enough pressure to make the right decisions under fast paced, high stress circumstances.   How would the officers felt if something went wrong because they were acting on what they thought was good information?  The reporting person should be locked up.  Our officers go through enough already and now dealing with fake calls putting not just the poor person pulled out in harms way, but it puts the officers in a bad spot too.  

I hope Miss Reitz charges this.  This is gross misuse of tax payer resources and........the poor innocent citizen and officers that were roped into this.  What is the matter with people.  

rsp wrote on January 06, 2017 at 9:01 pm

You should add quote marks around that poor innocent citizen remark. This was "how to break-up with your ex and not maintain your dignity".  So I wonder what will happen to that domestic charge he had now that the victim has no credibility? Think you're cute for a minute and then it comes back to bite you when nobody takes you seriously. If he's smart he'll just walk away.