On Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at approximately 11:26 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the North West area of Champaign following several reports of shots fired. Soon thereafter, police were notified an 18-year-old male arrived at a local hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Upon arrival at the hospital, police discovered a vehicle with damage consistent with being struck by bullets.
The preliminary investigation suggests the location of the shooting was near James Street and Beardsley Avenue. There is currently no available suspect information.
If any resident in the area of N James Street and W Beardsley Avenue has exterior home surveillance camera systems, please contact the police department. It is believed video footage from Sunday evening and into Monday morning may be of investigative assistance.
Champaign Police are processing evidence and actively working to identify the circumstances leading up to the incident. While the investigation remains in its early stages, this is not believed to be a random act of violence.
Future updates may be provided as they become available.
Police ask anyone who may have information or who was in the area at the time of the shooting to contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately with police. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at 373tips.com; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.
Champaign Police reminds citizens that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.
Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime.