Champaign Police Release Information on Recent City Violence


CHAMPAIGN - Police are now releasing more information regarding the rash of gun violence this June.

Police say there were twelve shooting-related incidents from June 7 to June 28, resulting in eight shooting victims. Police say no injuries were fatal.

So far, police have arrested nine suspects in connection to these incidents. Lt. Robert Rea says many are gang-related. Police have identified 38 people in connection to gangs.

Rea says he expects more arrests in the future, and is thankful for the community involvement.

The rash of violence prompted the development of the Champaign County African-American Safety Net, which has united many leaders within the local African-American community.

Participant Jonte Rollins' says the network has created a number of initiatives geared toward community outreach. They hope to recruit social workers, neighborhood canvassing teams, and locals willing to mentor youth.

Anyone interested in helping out can register at

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