On April 3, 2021, at approximately 1:24 a.m., Champaign Police responded to the 1500 block of Holly Hill Drive for the report of shots fired. Officers arrived on scene and learned that two houses and one vehicle in the 1500 block of Holly Hill Drive were damaged by gunfire. At approximately 1:45 a.m., police were notified that a 25-year-old male from Champaign and a 26-year-old male from Danville had arrived at a local hospital by private vehicle with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The 26-year-old male was shot in the abdomen, underwent surgery, and was released. The 25-year-old male was shot in the right foot and was treated and released. No other injuries were reported to police.
The preliminary investigation indicates both male victims were shot in the front yard of a residence in the 1500 block of Holly Hill Drive. Information obtained in the investigation suggests numerous shots were fired from a vehicle described as a black SUV that was driving by the residence. Approximately 30 spent shell casings were found at the scene.
“The senseless acts of gun violence in our community must stop, and I am saddened to learn two more individuals were struck by gunfire overnight. Thankfully, their injuries were not life threatening,” said Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen. “Addressing the issue of gun violence is a top priority of the City Council. We have invested in programs, services and partnerships communitywide, and we will continue that work on violence prevention measures moving forward.”
Champaign Police are processing information and evidence and are actively working to identify the circumstances leading up to the incident. The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made at this time. Future updates may be provided as they become available. Any person or business with exterior video surveillance systems in the area of either incident is encouraged to contact the police department. It is believed video footage could be of investigative assistance.
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.