Neighbors in shock after shooting

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A mother is counting her blessings after a deadly shooting hits close to home.

One person is dead and another has been arrested after an early morning shooting. It happened in the 700-block of Florida Street.

Police responded to a call of someone being shot and found a man with a wound to his upper torso. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

The coroner identified the victim as 35-year old Lucas Stark, of Danville. Investigators at the scene learned Stark had an argument with 26-year old Marcus Carter.

Carter was arrested for murder and a 27-year old woman is being charged with obstructing justice.

A neighbor heard four shots ring out about 3 am, Sunday, and hasn’t been able to sleep since. Hours after the shots stopped and police cars left, Florida Street is quiet again, but Corey Shurr still can’t get peace of mind.

“I been up since, and I’ll probably be up for awhile because I know that he’s in jail for what he did, but that doesn’t stop anyone from coming around the house for what he’s done.”

Carter is a neighbor she’s known for years. Shurr lives across the street from him and the woman accused of obstructing justice. She says learning he’s charged with murder comes as a shock.

“It didn’t cross my mind of him ever doing what he done. I don’t know what triggered it.”

But, she heard him pull the trigger. It woke her up and her mind jumped to the worst case scenario.

“My kids. That’s the first thing that ran though my mind. I wanted to keep them safe.”

She says she was thankful the bullets stayed on Carter’s property, but the shooting will have lasting effects.

“It’s scary being that close to home. The neighborhood’s pretty quiet and now it’s up in an uproar.”

Shurr says the street was still packed with investigators when she left for church.

An autopsy for Stark is scheduled for Monday.

This is the second shooting in town in days. Friday, officers were called to the 1000-block of Koehn. A 66-year old Chicago man went to the hospital after being shot during a break-in.

Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward. 

Vermilion County Crime Stoppers  
(217) 446 – TIPS 
Danville Police
(217) 431 – 2245

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