CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A shooting in broad daylight sent one man to the hospital.
People who live nearby were in disbelief when they saw police investigating outside their homes. This is the second shooting in Champaign in less than a week.
Police say a man was shot several times but should be okay. They haven’t released his name yet. It happened around 1:15 Tuesday afternoon near Wesley Park and North 3rd Street.
Police say whoever did this took off at the scene and they haven’t made any arrests yet. But they don’t think this shooting was random. That’s just one reason the concern is growing for many who live in Champaign.
Glenda Thomas’s sister lives nearby and called her to share what happened outside her home. She says, “It’s just crazy the level of violence that goes on in this town.” This is what many people thought as they looked at the crime scene tape around the streets outside.
Police responded to shots fired near Wesley Park. They later found a man who was shot. He was inside a car around the corner on N. 4th Street. Thomas says, “It needs to stop. Anyone that’s doing this, I don’t understand where they get their mentality from.”
There was a feeling of disbelief and uncertainty for many who live in the neighborhood. It made some question their safety. Godefroid Duma says, “Really? Just beside our house? Something must be done. Seriously, something must be done. We can’t continue to live like that.”
Duma runs a daycare in his home, and has kids of his own. He had to tell them about the shooting when he picked them up from school. He says, “Every time there’s gunshots it’s not good for ourselves or for our kids. We need to be in peace. We need to be out of violence.”
As people continued to think about what happened, there was one thing they couldn’t get out of their minds. Thomas says, “I think that has to be the worst thing in the world. The level of violence that’s going on now is just crazy.”
Duma says, “We have kids. They play here every time and my wife told me this could happen even against our kids?”
As police continue to investigate this, they encourage anyone who has information on what happened to call them at 217-351-4545 or Crime Stoppers for anonymous tips at 217-373-8477 (TIPS). You can also submit tips online at 373tips.com or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.