On Monday, August 11, 2014, Champaign Police responded to an address in the 1100 block of N. Sixth Street for a report of shots fired. The residents of this address reported that sometime during the early morning hours, someone fired rounds into their home. Upon arrival, the officers found that the residence had been struck seven times and the damage was consistent with bullets penetrating the structure.
At the time of this incident, there were several adults and three children (ages 1, 2, and 14) in the home. No one in the home was injured and no one could provide any suspect information.
Champaign Police did respond to this area at approximately 3:39 AM for an anonymous 911 call reporting shots fired in the area, and the suspect was shooting from a maroon van. At that time, the officers were unable to locate the vehicle and were unaware of any homes being hit.
“This area has been unusually violent recently and, in this incident, suspects shot blindly into an occupied home where small children were present.” says Lt. Robert Rea. “The Champaign Police need anyone with any information to please share it with us as soon as possible so we can further our investigation. Otherwise, these callous criminals may shoot again and we may not be as fortunate as we were this time, in that no one was injured or killed.”
Anyone with information about this crime can contact the Champaign Police Department by calling (217) 351-4545 or callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 373-8477 (TIPS.) Information can also be sent by anonymous web tip by going to: www.373tips.com or by texting keyword “CCTIP” plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES).