Homicide Investigation – 700 Block of N. Neil Street

On August 27, 2022, at approximately 3:32 a.m., Champaign Police responded to a call for assistance from Champaign County Sheriff’s Office in the 700 Block of N. Neil Street related to a shooting with injury. Upon arrival, County deputies located a 36-year-old male victim from Champaign suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the torso and immediately rendered medical aid. He was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The initial investigation indicates that a crowd was gathering in the parking lot of a small strip mall when an argument quickly escalated and an unknown subject opened fire, striking the victim.

At this time, no arrest has been made and the investigation is ongoing. A thorough canvass is being completed of the area, and residents and businesses with exterior surveillance camera systems are encouraged to notify the police department. It is believed video footage may be of investigative assistance. Future updates may be provided as they become available. The Champaign Police would like to thank our law enforcement partners – including the University of Illinois Police Department, Urbana Police Department, and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office – for their assistance in investigating this incident.

Champaign Police ask that anyone who has additional information 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 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.