One dead, another fighting for his life, after a series of shootings in Champaign

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CHAMPAIGN--One man is dead and another is fighting for his life after a series of shootings in Champaign early Saturday morning.

Officers responded to the 900 block of W. Bradley Avenue around 2:15 am and located a 35 year-old male gunshot victim, who was found lying unresponsive on the ground. He was transported by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital for life-threatening injuries, where he continues to fight for his life.

While investigating this incident, officers were dispatched to a second shooting in the area of Summit Ridge and Hedge Road shortly before 4 am. Upon arrival, officers were notified that a 24 year-old male shooting victim had left the scene, and was transported by car to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not yet been released.

Deputy Police Chief Troy Daniels says it's possible the shootings are related and over 20 officers are currently working the case, including crime scene techs, narcotics officers, and detectives.

"At this stage we are not releasing any information about any potential motives or any potential suspects," said Daniels. "What we are saying is that we are interviewing a number of people, a number of witnesses, we've already gathered a lot of physical evidence and we're continuing to gather physical evidence."

Multiple rounds were fired at each location, and surrounding buildings and vehicles were hit during the shootings. Police are not releasing information on how many gunshot wounds each victim sustained.

Daniels says there was an increased number of officers out on patrol Friday night due to the fact that it is Homecoming Weekend at the University of Illinois, and that increased patrol presence will continue through Saturday night.

Anyone with information should contact the Champaign Police at (217) 351-4545. Citizens with information who wish to be anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477 (TIPS). Callers can also submit anonymous tips online to Crime Stoppers at www.373tips.com or by texting the following: CCTIP plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

"The message we want to send in Champaign is that if you commit a crime with a gun, we will not only use every legal means to go after you, we're also to use any legal means to go after any person criminally associated with you," said Daniels."
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