Update at 4:30 p.m.
DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Decatur Police have released additional information about a shooting on Memorial Day that left a 14-year-old hurt.
Officials said the victim was accompanied by three other people, ages 13-15, when the shooting occurred. The four said they didn’t know why anyone would shoot at them.
The victim provided a general area of where the shooting occurred, which was determined to the intersection of Monroe and Division Streets. Officials said nine shell casings were found in the street at that location.
Community members like Mark Gentry said they’re sick and tired of shootings. Gentry has lived in the neighborhood for six years. He said gun violence has always been an issue and thinks more can be done to stop it.
Gentry thinks people should make a better effort to help instead of staying silent. Police patrolling the area more often could be another solution, he said.
“I think they should have a cop walk the beat around here, I really do,” Gentry said. “Late at night, that’s dangerous for all of us to be in bed and something like this happens.”
The investigation is ongoing and being handled by the Juvenile Investigations Unit. Anyone who has information about the shooting that can help in the investigation is advised to contact Decatur Police at 217-424-2734 or Crime Stoppers at 217-423-8477.
DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — A 14-year-old boy is recovering in a Decatur hospital after he was shot multiple times on Memorial Day.
Decatur Police officials said officers were dispatched to a local hospital around 1 a.m. on Monday for a report of a gunshot victim there. When they arrived, they met and spoke with the victim, who had been shot multiple times in his right leg.
The victim’s wounds were not life-threatening, and he is expected to be ok.
Officials added that they were able to determine that the teen was shot around 12:30 a.m. in the area of Monroe and Division Streets.
This article will be updated if any further information is made available by Decatur Police.