Shooting suspect identified

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URBANA — Police have identified a suspect in a New Year’s Eve shooting. After investigation, police have obtained an arrest warrant for Aggravated Battery with a Firearm for Lavante M. Neal, a 20-year-old Champaign man.

Police were called to the 1300 block of N. Lincoln Ave about 3:45 pm on December 31st. When officers arrived, they found the victim had been taken to the hospital by a personal vehicle. During their investigation, they learned the victim went outside an apartment, and was then confronted by the suspect. The suspect pulled a gun and tried to rob the victim. As he tried to go back into the apartment, he was shot. The suspect ran off.

Lavante Neal is described as black male, approximately 5’02”, 130 lbs., with black hair in dreadlocks, and brown eyes. Neal is still on the run.

If you have any information call the Urbana Police Department at 217-384-2320 or Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS.

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