Suspects sought in recent shootings

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) —  Police  are looking for these four suspects who have outstanding warrants and are known gang members or affiliated with known gang members.

Eric D. Kirk has an outstanding arrest warrant for a parole violation. Kirk is a 32-year-old black male whose last known address is 1610 Sheffield Road, Champaign, Illinois. 

Jamar Vincent Lewis has an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation. Lewis is a 28-year-old black male whose last known address is 806 N. State St., Champaign, Illinois. 

Qwantrell L. Ayres has an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Ayres is a 28-year-old black male whose last known address is 409 S. Dodson, Urbana, Illinois.

Equarieon L. Jeter has an outstanding arrest for resisting/obstructing a police officer. Jeter is a 21-year-old black male whose last known address is 2008 N. Mattis Ave., Apt 204B, Champaign, Illinois.

Police responded to 11 confirmed shootings throughout Champaign-Urbana. Investigators believe the shootings are not random acts of violence, but a result of heightened tensions between rival gangs.

In response, local law enforcement agencies continue to work together to increase patrol and investigative resources in the neighborhoods of concern to mitigate and intervene in future violent or criminal activity.

Police say the public can support law enforcement’s efforts through the following:

  • The most important step an individual, neighborhood or organization can take is to act and not remain silent.
  • Individuals with information on gang-related activity, shootings or the wanted subjects are asked to come forward. Family members and friends are not immune from the dangers of these individuals.
  • If you see something suspicious, report it to police. Suspects are known to be concealing weapons in a variety of areas, including the yards and trash cans of neighbors.
  • Although police are concentrating on neighborhoods impacted by the recent violence, all members of the community are asked to remain vigilant, patient and to cooperate with authorities.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477.

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