Champaign police investigate shooting incident

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department has announced that they are investigating a shooting incident that happened Saturday evening.

Champaign police say on March 28, at about 6:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Clover Lane for a report of a shooting.  Upon arriving, Champaign police officers found a 17-year-old female who had suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, and that the shot was allegedly fired by a friend, identified as Jayvon Nichols-Pelmore, 16.

Champaign police say that all information obtained from the investigation into this incident indicates that the shooting was an accident.  However, police say Nichols-Pelmore ran from the scene, and that officers have yet to find and take him into custody.  The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury.

According to police reports, a group of five teens were at the residence on Clover Lane when Nichols-Pelmore allegedly displayed the handgun in an attempt to "show off."  Police say while Nichols-Pelmore was allegedly showing the gun, the gun accidentally went off, striking the victim.  According to authorities, officers were told that Nichols-Pelmore apologized profusely before running from the scene, while the other teens applied pressure to the wound and provided medical aid until police arrived.  Champaign police also say that a 4-year-old and 6-year-old were present when the gun went off.

Authorities say Nichols-Pelmore is currently listed as a missing endangered runaway, and that a Champaign Warrant of Apprehension has been issued.  Nichols-Pelmore is described as a black male, standing 5'3", weighing 105 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Nichols-Pelmore is asked to contact the Champaign Police Department at (217) 351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.

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