Police Investigate Shooting Incident

For Immediate Release
October 19, 2015                                                  


Lt. Dave Shaffer
[email protected]

Champaign Police Investigate Shooting Incident

At approximately 5:32PM this evening, Champaign Police responded to the 600 Block of W. Beardsley Ave. for a shots fired report. Upon arrival, officers discovered that two people had been shot and that two vehicles collided as a result of the gunfire.  The victims were transported to the hospital, where one of the shooting victims was later declared deceased.  The other gunshot victim is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

According to preliminary investigations, a vehicle carrying multiple passengers was traveling on Beardsley Ave. when it was hit by gunfire. One of the occupants in the vehicle suffered a severe gunshot and was later pronounced deceased at Carle Hospital.

As a result of the gunfire, the vehicle that was shot at collided with another vehicle traveling on Beardsley.  There were multiple occupants in that vehicle, yet at this time, there is no indication that any of those passengers were injured.

A 19-year-old male who was near the vicinity of the incident was also hit by one of the rounds of gunfire and is currently being treated for the injury that appears to be non-life threatening.

The Champaign Police Department is investigating and asks for the public’s assistance to help solve this offense.  Investigators are interviewing potential witnesses and processing evidence from the crime scene.

Police ask that anyone who may have heard or may have been witness to the circumstances surrounding this incident to please contact the Champaign Police Department at 217-351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477.  An anonymous web tip can also be left at 373tips.com or by texting keyword “CCTIP” to 274637 (CRIMES).

Citizens are reminded that Crime Stoppers calls are completely anonymous.  Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information and passes the tip 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 up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime.


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