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CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating an early-morning shooting in central Champaign that left an Urbana man dead.

Deputy Police Chief Nate Rath said officers were called to the 500 block of West White Street about 3:10 a.m. for a report of shots fired and found a 42-year-old man in the parking lot just north of an apartment building with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and arm.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Charles Evans was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:28 a.m. from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Rath said Mr. Evans had been at a gathering at an apartment near where he was found. Police are not aware of anyone else being injured in the shooting, he said.

They ask that anyone with video surveillance contact them at 217-351-4545 to share it. Information can also be submitted through Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477.

The death is the 12th this year in Champaign in which a gun was used. Another young victim was killed by a fatal blow to the head with a tool in July.

One of those dozen deaths involved a police officer fatally shooting a man who had killed Officer Chris Oberheim in May; another involved a man who shot himself in June after he accidentally shot a friend in a car, who survived.

There have been 208 confirmed reports of shots fired reports in 2021, Rath said.


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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