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CHAMPAIGN — A 10-year-old boy is fighting for his life following a late-night shooting in Champaign late Sunday.

Police said multiple shots were fired from outside into a private home in the 1600 block of Williamsburg Drive around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

The 10-year-old was hit twice, suffering two life-threatening gunshot wounds, police said. Officers began administering first aid until the boy was taken to a local hospital for surgery. He remains in critical condition, police said.

Police recovered multiple shell casings outside the residence.

The boy, Decari Roberts, is a student at Stratton Elementary School in Champaign.

Investigators don’t believe the boy was the intended target of the shooting.

No arrests have been made, and police have no suspect information.

Investigators are asking homeowners and businesses in the area with exterior surveillance cameras to contact the police department at 217-351-4545 to share video footage.

Anyone with information about the incident can also contact police at that number.

They can also contact Crime Stoppers 217-373-8477 (TIPS), or the “P3 Tips” mobile app. All tips to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous and are funneled through a third-party call center with no caller ID used, police said.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for this crime.


Julie Wurth is a reporter covering the University of Illinois at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@jawurth).