Champaign Police Department investigates two overnight shootings


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Lieutenant Joseph McCullough investigates a traffic violation on Friday, Sep. 23 2016.

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

On Sunday, the Champaign Police Department responded to a reported shooting at approximately 12:29 a.m., according to the City of Champaign press release. On the scene, the 300 block of East Daniel Street, the CPD provided medical attention to a 24-year-old male who had suffered a gunshot wound to the lower body. The victim was later transported by ambulance to a local hospital. 

About 15 minutes after the call, police were notified of another individual, a 21-year-old male who had also suffered a nonfatal gunshot to the lower body, arriving by private vehicle to a local hospital. 

According to the press release, as more police came on the scene, 19-year-old Elyjah Brown was caught after a short foot chase with “a bag that contained suspected cannabis and a large amount of United States currency.” A stolen handgun was also recovered from Brown’s fleeing path. 

The suspect was transported to Champaign County jail where he awaits court proceedings. 

At approximately 3:46 a.m., police were notified of another shooting after a victim arrived at a local hospital with two nonfatal gunshot wounds. The victim was a 26-year-old male. He reported to police that he was struck by gunfire while sitting in a vehicle in the 1200 block of North Willis Avenue.

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The police department is in the process of investigating all information leading up to both shootings. It is unclear if the two events are related. 

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