Teenager hurt in shooting; police search for suspect


URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Police are searching for a shooting suspect after a 16-year-old boy was shot multiple times Wednesday afternoon.

Officers stated it happened around 2:30 p.m. near West Veardsley and Romine. When they arrived, they found the boy and he was taken to the hospital. His injuries are considered to be serious, but non-life threatening.

In a news release, police said their preliminary investigation showed the boy was walking on the south sidewalk in the area when he was approached by a suspect. The suspect shot a gun towards the boy. The boy was able to run away. He was hit five times in the legs and once in the upper arm.

Police said 21 shell casings were recovered from the scene.

The boy told officers that after the shooting, the suspect got into the passenger side of a gray or silver-colored sedan. It went northbound on Romine.

Urbana Police provided pictures of the suspect car. They wanted to note that the car has a different color rim on the front passenger-side tire.

Officers are continuing to investigate the shooting. Anyone with information, pictures or video is asked to call the Urbana Police Department at (217) 384-2320. You can also submit an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers or submitting one online.

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