On September 16, 2022, at approximately 7:48 p.m., Champaign Police were dispatched to the 2400 block of W. Springfield Avenue for a report of a shooting with injury. Upon arrival, officers located a 16-year-old victim from Champaign with multiple non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the legs. Responding officers immediately rendered medical aid until an ambulance could arrive. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where they remain in stable condition.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was walking near Springfield Avenue when a male subject started following. The subject got close to the victim before producing a handgun and opening fire. He ultimately fled the scene, headed eastbound on foot. In addition to the victim, one nearby building was damaged as a result of this incident. Officers conducted a thorough canvass of the area seeking witnesses and video evidence. Any resident or business in the nearby area with exterior surveillance camera systems is 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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