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People gather Thursday in 400 block of East Hill Street in Champaign, where Jasma Cobb of Urbana was shot and killed — the city’s fifth homicide in 2020.

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CHAMPAIGN — One person is dead and two others have been wounded in Champaign’s fifth homicide of 2020.

Police were called to the 400 block of East Hill Street, near Fourth Street, at 1:51 a.m. Thursday for a report of shots fired and found two women and a man with injuries outside a home.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Jasma L. Cobb, 34, of Urbana was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital at 2:22 a.m.

Another woman, 42, was shot in the leg and lower back. A 20-year-old man was also shot in the back. Both are expected to recover.

The preliminary investigation revealed the victims were standing near a parked car when they were shot by an unknown person from an open area across the street.

Sgt. Dave Griffet said people were at the home because a woman living at a house in that block had suffered a medical emergency late Wednesday night, was taken to the hospital and died. People had returned to the home after her death and were gathered in the street when the shooting happened.

Police also arrested a man there for whom a summons had been issued for alleged possession of a controlled substance in April.

Police ask anyone with surveillance video from that area to share it with them.

No arrests have been made.

The shootings put the total incidents in the city this year in which police have been able to confirm shots fired at 112.

Of the four other killings this year, three involved shootings.

The latest prior to this morning happened Saturday night outside a restaurant in the 1000 block of Bloomington Road in northwest Champaign. Christopher B. Kelly, 23, of Champaign, was killed in a hail of gunfire about 10:10 p.m.


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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