On August 13, 2022, at approximately 3:55 a.m., Champaign Police responded to the 1100 block of N. Third Street for the report of a large gathering and a fight breaking out. Upon arrival, officers observed a couple hundred individuals congregating throughout an entire apartment complex and along the adjacent roadways; however, there was no active fighting observed at that time.
Shortly after arriving on scene, officers heard dozens of gunshots being fired. One subject was seen running from the scene and officers gave chase. Officers quickly diverted their attention once they discovered a 19-year-old Champaign man, with apparent gunshot wounds. Officers immediately rendered medical aid and the victim was ultimately transported by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital.
While officers were at the hospital, a second gunshot victim arrived by personal transport. This victim, a 25-year-old Champaign man, had multiple gunshot wounds. Both victims are currently in stable condition.
What the shooting stemmed from at this time is unclear. The Champaign Police Crime Scene Unit responded to process the scene. There were dozens of shell casings recovered and multiple structures and vehicles were also struck by gunfire.
Officers completed a canvass of the surrounding area; however, residents and businesses nearby with exterior surveillance camera systems and/or witnesses with cell phone video footage are encouraged to notify the police department. 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 373tips.com; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.
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