Shooting Investigation – 1600-block of W. University Avenue

Officers from the Champaign Police Department were dispatched to the 1600-block of West University Avenue at 7:35 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, for a report of a shooting with injury. Upon arrival, officers located a 20-year-old male Champaign resident who was alert and talking but had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. Officers immediately rendered medical aid until the victim could be transported to an area hospital, where he is presently listed in stable condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was driving eastbound on University Avenue when an SUV pulled up next to him and fired multiple rounds at his vehicle, striking him. After being shot, the victim crashed his vehicle into a light pole and the suspect vehicle fled eastbound on University Avenue. The victim then exited his vehicle and sought assistance at a nearby home where the resident rendered aid until officers arrived to assist.

Officers investigating this incident remain on-scene and a canvass of the area is being conducted, but any resident or business in the nearby area with exterior surveillance camera systems is encouraged to notify the police department immediately. It is believed video footage may be of investigative assistance. No arrests have been made at this time, and the investigation is ongoing. 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; 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 cash rewards of $5,000 for tips that lead to an arrest in any homicide case, $2,500 for tips leading to an arrest in a felony crime involving a firearm, and up to $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for any other crime.