On December 1, 2019, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Champaign Police responded to reports of shots fired in the 1600 block of Williamsburg Drive. Officers discovered a 10-year-old male victim inside a private residence suffering from two life-threatening gunshot wounds upon arrival. Officers immediately rendered aid until the victim was transported to a local hospital and taken into surgery. He has made a full recovery from the incident.
The preliminary investigation indicated multiple rounds were fired into the residence from the outside, ultimately striking and critically injuring the juvenile. Multiple shell casings were recovered from outside the residence. The investigation revealed the juvenile was not the intended target of the shooting.
On February 23, 2022, the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Devlon Miles, 21, of Champaign with four criminal offenses in relation to this incident, including Attempted Murder, a Class X felony; Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, a Class X felony; Aggravated Discharge, a Class 1 felony; and Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a Class 3 felony. Miles is presently in custody at the Champaign County Correctional Center on unrelated charges.
The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the community and the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance during this investigation.
Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with additional information is asked to please contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements may be made for information to be shared privately. If you wish to remain anonymous you 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.
All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.