Neighbors on edge after 2- year old shot and hospitalized

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Urbana, Ill. (WCIA) —

“Put the guns down. Let us and these kids enjoy their summer,” Kevonna Williams, neighbor, said.

That’s the message from one mother, who lives a few doors down from where a toddler was shot.

WCIA has new details on a shooting in Urbana that sent a two-year old to the hospital. It happened near Oregon and Scottswood last night. Police say there was an exchange of gunfire outside the home.

“Next thing you know, someone’s bringing a toddler out saying they shot my baby, they shot my baby,” Madison Wallace, neighbor, said.

Neighbors are on edge after gun shots were fired in Urbana and a child was hurt.

“We just want them to put the guns down, like that’s what we want, because we don’t want innocent people to keep getting hit, because that’s what’s happening,” Williams said.

The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office says four people were inside of a home on Scottswood. There were also people in the front yard. Authorities say shots were fired at the house, and the people in the front yard shot back. A two year old inside the house was hit in the exchange.

“I watched them put the baby in the car and it touched me. It made me feel like it was mine because I have a child. I have kids. You know that was too close to home,” Williams said.

Deputies didn’t want to wait for an ambulance so one of them sped off to the hospital with the toddler. He’s expected to be okay.

“Our biggest fear in law enforcement is having a child victim of a gunshot wound,” Lieutenant Curt Apperson, with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Department, said.

That lieutenant says this shooting wasn’t random and it may be related to a shooting at the same home back in 2019. No one was hurt in that crime.

“If a residence is targeted more than once, there’s something going on there,” Lt. Apperson said.

No arrests have been made in this most recent shooting and police are continuing to investigate.

“Our goal is to capture and arrest these people that did this. And with the communities help I feel very confident we can do that,” Lt. Apperson said.

For two mothers living in the area, seeing a toddler get shot just feet from their door step, say this is too close for comfort.

“I got instant goosebumps. I just thought it could’ve been my child. It could’ve been anyone else’s child, and I was so scared that the child was like really bad injured,” Wallace said.

They hope the gun violence stops.

“Let these kids be able to come out and play without fear that somebody is going to come shooting down the street or something,” Williams said.

Both women say they want to move out of the area because of all the violence.

If you have any information on this crime, the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office urges you to contact them at any of the ways listed below:

Investigations: 217-384-1213

Crimestoppers: 217-373-TIPS

Or you can download the Champaign County Sheriff’s Department app.

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