Champaign Police investigating weekend shooting, battery

By Amanda Brennan

Early Sunday morning just before 2 a.m., Champaign Police responded to a call in the 200 block of West Clark Street, just south of Downtown Champaign. There were reports of battery and shots fired. 

When officers arrived, they learned that a fight left one 41-year-old man injured and found evidence of gunfire. Then, officers learned that a 27-year-old man arrived at a local hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg. 

Preliminary investigation indicates a physical altercation occurred and may have escalated to shots being fired. There is currently no property damage reported from this incident. 

No arrests have been made in connection with the situation and the investigation is ongoing.

If any residents or businesses in the area have surveillance footage from doorbells, security systems, or other camera devices, they are urged to call the police department at  217-351-4545. 

Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can also submit tips to Crime Stoppers. Call 217-373-8477, fill out a report online at; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app. Calls through Crime Stoppers are routed through a third-party call center and then passed on to local law authorities. Caller ID and phone calls are not recorded. 

Crime stoppers will pay a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. 

Photo courtesy of Marketplace Mall

This shooting comes one week after shots were fired at the Marketplace Mall on the north side of Champaign. An arrest has been made, but the investigation is still ongoing. 

Champaign City Council recently approved the Community Gun Violence Protection Blueprint, which outlines a comprehensive strategy to address the root causes of gun violence in Champaign.

For full City of Champaign crime data, the Champaign Police Department has a public map with crime data from the past six months. The police department hopes that this service helps further data transparency, community awareness and proactive partnership between police and the community.

Amanda Brennan

Digital Reporter for Good Morning Illini and UI7 News. Amanda also serves as the President for the University of Illinois chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and is a photographer with the Illini Union Marketing Department. You can find Amanda in the Marching Illini Color Guard during the football season. Go Illini!