Last night, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 700 Block of N. Hickory Street following reports of a shooting. Arriving officers discovered a 48-year-old male suffering from a serious gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was rushed into surgery but would later succumb to his injuries.
Following a preliminary investigation, Champaign Police learned the shooting took place near the American Legion building entrance after a verbal altercation turned physical.
Champaign Police are actively working to identify the circumstances leading to the incident. Detectives are requesting to speak with anyone who may have been in the nearby area at the time of the report and will arrange to speak privately with anyone who has information regarding the shooting.
Please contact the Champaign Police Investigations Division at 217-351-4545. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217- 373-8477 (TIPS); online at www.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.