On June 8, 2021, at approximately 10:01 p.m., Champaign Police were dispatched to the 900 block of West Bradley Avenue for a report of gunshots heard in the area. While en route to the call, officers were advised a victim suffering from gunshot injuries arrived by personal vehicle at Champaign Fire Department’s Station 3, 702 West Bradley Avenue. Officers arrived and learned the victim, a 28-year-old male sustained gunshot wounds to his hip and lower extremities. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he has undergone surgery.
The preliminary investigation indicates the victim had opened the rear hatch door to a vehicle and climbed inside to install a car seat. The vehicle was parked in a business parking lot in the 900 block of West Bradley Avenue. An unidentified black male suspect approached on foot to the rear of the vehicle and fired multiple shots in the direction of the male victim, striking him several times. A female was standing near the vehicle holding a one-year-old child, fortunately they were uninjured. The female began to drive the victim to a local hospital but stopped at Champaign Fire Department’s Station 3 due to the seriousness of the victim’s injuries.
There is limited information surrounding a description or identity of the suspect. No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing. Future updates may be provided as they become available. Any resident or business in the nearby areas with exterior surveillance camera systems is encouraged to contact the police department. It is believed video footage may be of investigative assistance.
Champaign Police ask 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 this crime.