On April 19, 2021, at approximately 12:17 a.m., Champaign Police responded to the 1400 block of South Mattis Avenue for the report of shots fired. On scene, officers located a residence that was struck 14 times by gunfire and quickly learned a 14-year-old female who was inside was suffering from a serious but non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her lower back. She was transferred to a local hospital where she was taken into surgery and is currently recovering.
The preliminary investigation indicates the house was fired upon from outside the residence. A total of four occupants were inside the residence, including the victim, when the event occurred.
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.
Champaign Police ask that anyone who has additional information 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.
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 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.