Shots fired over holiday weekend

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Update: 5:00 pm, 5/30/17, Tuesday 

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Police are still searching for answers in three separate shootings over the weekend; two of which are considered attempted murders.

Many people are surprised there have been more shootings than usual, but they just want everyone to be safe this summer.

Crime creeping towards usually peaceful areas is alarming some neighbors.

“I’ve always heard about the shootings, but I’ve never had one there houses down from me.”

Three shootings over the three-day weekend have left police puzzled. In one, officials are looking for 18-year old Matthew Anderson. They say he shot his mother, Friday afternoon, during an argument.

“Next thing I know, I hear gunshots so I look out my window and I see cops coming out of nowhere. After all that was said and done, it was peaceful again.”

In another case, a man was hit in the leg by a bullet at an apartment complex Sunday night. Police say he refused to identify the person who shot him.

In a third, there was a shootout at the Quick Stop, on Monroe Street.

“I heard the gunshots. It was like three or four, so I look outside and see too many people running, so I tell the customers to go back.”

He says he saw two people shooting at each other in the parking lot.

“I’ve been living here 17-years and a few shootings happen, but not like lately. It’s really been crazy to be honest with you.”

Despite this, people think it’s just a minor speed-bump.

“It’s a great community. It’s a good place to live in.”

Investigators found multiple shell casings near the Quick Stop. They say they haven’t gotten any reports anyone was hit. 

Original: 10:00 pm, 5/29/17, Monday

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Three shootings happened in the city over the holiday weekend. Police are still looking for answers in all of those shootings, two of which they’re calling attempted murders.

Police are looking for 18 year-old Matthew Anderson after they say he shot his mother during an argument. It happened Friday, in the 2500-block of East Garfield Avenue. Investigators believe he shot his mother in the leg.

A man, who was also shot in the leg, was taken to the hospital Sunday night after he was shot at Carriage House Apartments. He refused to identify the shooter.

There was a gun battle at the Quick Stop on Monroe Street.

Our news partners at the Herald and Review report police are investigating an exchange between two vehicles.

Those who live across the street from the Quick Stop heard the shots. They say it’s a first for the neighborhood, but not Decatur. 

“There is a lot of gun shootings in Decatur. You hear a lot of gunfire. I listen to the police scanner all the time. There’s always shots fired everywhere. This town has gone downhill pretty much,” says Angela Baker. 

Investigators found multiple shell casings near the Quick Stop. They say they haven’t received reports anyone was hit.

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

(217) 423 – TIPS
(217) 424 – 2734
Text: DPD333 + info to CRIMES (274637)
 

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