Champaign police investigating incidents involving fights and shots fired

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department is continuing its investigation into two incidents at the High Dive Bar that involved fights and reports of shots fired.

Authorities say the first incident happened on February 28 at 2:33 a.m.  Champaign police officers responded to a report of a fight involving 20 to 30 people in the parking lot behind the High Dive Bar.  Upon arriving, an officer reported hearing a gunshot and seeing a person collapse to the ground, followed by people in multiple vehicles driving away from the scene.  A 22-year-old victim was transported to the hospital for life-threatening injuries sustained in this incident.  Officers say witnesses reported seeing a black male fire a handgun into the crowd.

Authorities say the second incident happened on May 7, 2014 at about 2:32 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to the municipal lot west of the High Dive bar for a report of a fight involving approximately 100 people.  Two witnesses of this incident told Champaign police officers that they saw a person fire a shot from a handgun into the air.  Officers say the witnesses described the person as a black male in his 20's with a large build, wearing a black sweater or sweatshirt and black jogging pants or sweat pants.  The person's hair was described as being in dreadlocks.

Champaign police are seeking the public's assistance in their investigation into these incidents.  If you have any information, you are asked to call Champaign County Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.

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