On July 1, 2020, at approximately 7:31 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the area of Fourth Street and Bradley Avenue for a reported shooting. Soon thereafter, police were alerted a 17-year-old male arrived at a local hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to an upper extremity. A scene consistent with a shooting was then identified at the intersection of Eureka Street and Walnut Street.
The preliminary investigation suggests the victim was in a vehicle traveling in the area of Beardsley Park when he was fired upon and struck by gunfire from occupants in a small red SUV. The victim then proceeded to drive to the area of Fourth Street and Bradley Avenue where additional shots were fired by the suspect(s) before they fled the area.
Any resident or business in the nearby area with exterior surveillance camera systems is encouraged to contact the police department. It is believed video footage may be of investigative assistance.
The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made at this time. Future updates may be provided as they become available. This is not believed to be a random act of violence.
Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to please contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately. 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.