Child shot while playing outside


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Police said a 13-year-old boy was shot while playing outside with other children on Monday evening. It happened in the 1200 block of Clock Street around 8:45 p.m.

Police said the boy was hit in his left arm with a non-life threatening gunshot, and a white SUV with tinted windows was seen speeding away from the scene. They said males in dark-colored clothing also ran away from the area. No one has been arrested.

We went to the area it happened and talked to a handful of neighbors. One woman, who lives only a few houses down, said her son was sitting on the front porch when it happened. She told us, she always drinks her coffee on her front porch, but now she doesn’t feel safe. She said she and her family will not be sitting on the front porch anymore.

Police are asking anyone who has surveillance cameras in the neighborhood to contact them 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; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

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