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CHAMPAIGN — Two men were injured by gunfire from a passing car early Friday in downtown Champaign.

Police said at least 15 bullet casings were found in a public parking lot on Main Street, about a half-block east of Walnut Street.

About 1:30 a.m., a 28-year-old man showed up in a private vehicle at a hospital with three gunshot wounds, described by police as non-life-threatening. Shortly after that, a second man, 19, flagged down a University of Illinois police officer in the 800 block of West University Avenue in Urbana to say he had been shot. He was also taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his hand.

Police learned both men were on foot when a white sedan pulled up alongside them and two people in the car fired from the front and rear passenger seats.

Police have not located the shooters. They ask anyone who has information contact the department at 217-351-4545. Those wishing to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward should contact Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477, 373tips.com or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

The shootings bring to at least 82 the number of confirmed incidents of shots fired in Champaign this calendar year. That’s more than double the number over the same time last year, whose yearlong total of 188 reports was a record. In 2019, there were 101 shootings.

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Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is mschenk@news-gazette.com, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).

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