Homicide Investigation – 1200 Block of Garden Hills Drive

Champaign Police were dispatched at 5:33 p.m. on January 5, 2023, to the 1200 block of Garden Hills Drive for a report of a Shooting with Injuries. Upon arrival, officers located a 21-year-old male victim from Champaign suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds to the chest. Personnel from the Champaign Police and Fire Departments immediately rendered medical aid until he could be transported by ambulance to an area hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries.

The initial investigation indicated that the victim was walking in the street with an unidentified male subject when the man opened fire, striking the victim. The unknown subject then fled the scene on foot. Officers conducted a thorough canvass of the surrounding area to locate physical evidence, and they continue to seek witnesses and video footage that may be of investigative assistance. During the canvass, multiple shell casings were located, and damage was reported to two houses. Any resident or business in the nearby area with exterior surveillance camera systems is encouraged to notify the police department. 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 please call 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.