CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A teenager went to the hospital after a shooting outside of a business.
It happened on West Springfield Avenue near Country Fair Drive in Champaign. Police say they were called to reports of gunfire just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday. When they got there, they found out a 19-year-old had been shot in the leg and taken to the hospital. They say his injury is serious.
Police say several sports cars were in a parking lot when the suspect, or suspects, walked up and starting shooting. Officers found 54 shell casings. Police say three vehicles and one business had damage.
We talked with a witness who says he had to run to get away from the bullets. We also talked with a part-time police officer who was in the area. He’s in between jobs, but his training kicked in.
“I ducked behind my car, and the guy came right there where the officers are in the parking lot, and he looked at me, and I could tell that he was about to reload. Then I drew my weapon on me, and he saw me and slipped down, and he proceeded to run there behind the bank. I pursued him, carefully, and I saw him go jump in a black 300M and he ran a red light and everything else,” says Roy Beard.
If you know anything, you’re asked to contact police at 217-351-4545 or Crime Stoppers. Those tips can be left anonymously at 217-373-8477 (TIPS), online at 373tips.com or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.