Police investigate shooting near UI campus

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Latest: 5:00 pm, 11/3/16, Thursday 

CHAMPAIGN — From triumph to near tragedy. Lots of people were hanging out on Green Street, watching the Cubs game. A little further down the road, shots were fired.

A 21-year old man and 41-year old woman were hurt in what police say is a case of domestic violence. Both are expected to be okay.

Authorities say they think it was an isolated incident and so was the one which happened just a few weeks ago, which claimed the life of George Korchev.

Some students say they were concerned when they heard what happened. The want to know if campus is still safe.

Matt Burns lives right across from where two people were shot. He didn’t hear it, but he knew something was up when he walked outside.

“I just saw lots of police officers. There was about three cars in the gas station parking lot.”

“You kind of fear it being the second one. You hope that everyone’s safe, but, you know, with the Cubs’ win, and the Cubs playing, everyone was out and about.”

Kylan Salem was out too, so when she pulled out her phone to see an alert, she was worried.

“It comes through an email, so it’s kind of scary to all the students on campus.”

Salem stayed with her group and away from the scene. Since Burns was just across the street, he wanted to know more, but he was asking the same questions as police.

“He just asked me had I been out there when it happened and I told him, ‘No, I just kind of walked outside minutes after.'”

But, police say they admire the kind of action Burns took.

“That’s the most important thing they can do is be our eyes and ears and alert us when they see something that doesn’t seem right.”

In spite of two recent shootings near campus, Burns and Salem say they feel safe on campus. That’s why Police Chief Matt Myrick hopes people will continue to work with them to make sure things stay that way.

“It takes a lot of people involved outside of law enforcement to work with us to make the whole community safer.”

But, he says bystander intervention is the most important thing of all. He says when people see something happening, they have to have the strength to overcome the initial shock and report whatever they experienced to law enforcement.

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

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Update: 7:00 am, 11/3/16, Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating a shooting near the UI campus. It happened just before 10 pm, Wednesday, in the 100-block of East Green Street.

Police say they got several calls for shots fired. Two people went to the hospital with gunshot wounds: a 41-year old woman an 21-year old man who’s accused of the shooting.

Authorities think the shooting happened during a domestic dispute in the apartment complex. Neither is a UI student. 

Original: 10:23 pm, 11/2/16, Wednesday 

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating a shooting near the UI campus. It happened just before 10 pm, Wednesday, in the 100-block of East Green Street.

Law enforcement received several calls about shots fired. When they got there, they did not find any victims. They also do not have any suspects at this time. Police believe it was an isolated incident.

Officers are still investigating, talking with people who live in the area.

There was a heightened police presence on and near campus because of the World Series. Police say it will stay that way throughout the night.


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