Champaign Police Investigate Fourth Shooting Incident in Two Days
By Jeff Bossert
Champaign Police are investigating four seperate incidents involving gunfire on the city's north and northwest sides, resulting in six injuries.
Officers were called to the 1200 block of W. Bradley Avenue just before 8 p.m. Saturday, where three males were found with gunshot wounds. Two victims were taken to the hospital, while the third didn't seek medical attention at the scene.
Just past noon Saturday, in the 1300 block of N. Hickory Street. Officers received a report that multiple shots were fired from a blue Chrysler occupied by four or five males in their late teens or early 20's. The vehicle was last seen heading westbound on Arcadia toward Neil Street.
On Friday at about 1:15 p.m., officers were called to the 1100 block of Mimosa for reports of gunshots heard. Officers found a red car damaged by gunfire with a back seat window blown out. Saturday evening, police arrested one suspect, Jamonte Hill, 23, of Champaign for Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm in connection with that incident. Two other men were arrested Friday based on preliminary information received at the scene, but later released. Police located a second car in the 900 block of Ada that was damaged gunfire, but didn't appear to be a target of the shooters.
Around 7:30 Friday night, three males were shot while walking in the 400 block of E. Washington Street. Reports indicate that a vehicle passed by, rolled down the window, and occupants began shooting. The three victims, all 18 to 20 years old, were taken to the hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries. The vehicle is described as a silver Chrysler Pacifica or Nissan Murano.
"We are very concerned about the recent acts of gun violence and hope that the community will assist us by either providing information on this case or reaching out to any suspects involved in these shootings," said Champaign Deputy Chief Troy Daniels, in a press release. "We are using all of our resources to locate these suspects and will use every legal means to stop and arrest those involved. We are aware that these are two groups of males involved in a gang dispute."
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Champaign Police at (217) 351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at 373-8477 (TIPS.)