On May 10, 2019, at approximately 10:12 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 1100 block of North James Street for reports of gunfire in the area. While officers were on scene, they were informed an individual had been struck by gunfire and had been transported to the hospital by a private vehicle. Police were later notified that a 26-year-old male arrived at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries consistent with a gunshot wound. Champaign Police are processing information and evidence and are actively working to identify the circumstances leading up to the incident. This investigation is in the initial stages, but preliminary information suggests this was not a random act. No suspect information is available, and no arrests have been made at this time.
On May 11, 2019, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Champaign Police responded to a private residence in the 1600 block of Hedge Road. When officers arrived, they located a 14-year-old male victim with life threatening injuries from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Later that same morning, Champaign Police were notified of a second shooting victim, described as a 17-year-old male who sustained a non-life-threatening injury and was treated and released from a local hospital. Champaign Police are currently processing the scene and investigating the circumstances regarding this incident. No suspect information is available, and no arrests have been made at this time.
Preliminary information suggests these two incidents are unrelated. 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 either of the shootings 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 these crimes.