Last night, at approximately 11:03 PM, Champaign Police responded to the 1100 block of Joanne Ln., for reports of gunfire. Based on eyewitness reports, a white Ford Explorer and a black Chevrolet Impala drove through the area at a high rate of speed. As the vehicles departed the immediate area of Joanne Ln. and Powers Ln., witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots. A short time later, an 18-year-old male from Champaign arrived at OSF hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury. The victim reported he was standing outside a residence in the 1100 block of Joanne Ln. at the time the gunfire was reported and believes he was injured at that time.
At approximately 11:10 PM, Champaign Police were notified of a second gunshot victim that arrived at Carle Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The preliminary investigation suggests a 19-year-old male from Champaign was shot near Mattis Avenue and University Avenue while inside of a vehicle that was leaving a nearby gas station.
At this time, it is unclear if the two incidents are related. Champaign Police are processing evidence and interviewing potential witnesses to help identify the circumstances surrounding these shootings. No further details are available at this time.
Anyone with information related to these shootings is encouraged to call the Champaign Police Investigations Division at 217-351-4545. Detectives will arrange to speak privately with anyone who has information.
Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at www.373tips.com; or through the “P3 Tips” mobile application.
Citizens are reminded 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 that 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 persons responsible for these crimes.
Media Contact: Deputy Chief David Shaffer | 217.403.7030 | firstname.lastname@example.org