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RANTOUL — Police are investigating a shooting in that left a teenage boy seriously injured.

Sgt. Jim Schmidt said officers were alerted about the shooting about 8:35 p.m. Saturday.

The 16-year-old was found in the 800 block of Golf Course Road, near the Golfview Village complex, with a single gunshot to the chest.

Schmidt said the youth underwent surgery for several hours but no update on his condition was immediately available.

Police learned that the shooting happened in the 600 block of Autumn Fields in the Pheasant Ridge subdivision, which is several blocks east of where the victim was found.

Schmidt said several people were outside when the shooting happened but few were willing to share much information with police.

The teen who was hit told officers he believed he had been targeted.

On Sunday, police were called back to a different home in the 600 block of Autumn Fields where more shots had been fired about 4 p.m.

Witnesses reported seeing two people with dark-colored sweatshirts with the hoods pulled up over their heads running from the area.

Schmidt said officers found a duplex that had been hit by gunfire. Its occupants were not home and no injuries were reported, he said.

Rantoul Police ask that anyone who has additional information on either shooting to please contact them at 217-892-2103. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or or via the free “P3 Tips” mobile app.


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

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