Champaign Police are still searching for the suspect involved in shots fired near Centennial High School on September 15th.
At approixmately 1:38 PM on Wednesday, police were called to the area to respond to a report of shots fired. It appeared as though the incident happened north of the school, in or around the football field. Thirteen shell casings were recovered from the scene. No injuries were reported, but at police’s request, Centennial High School, Jefferson Middle School and IPA Elementary School were placed on lockdown.
No arrests have been made at this time as police continue to investigate the shooting incident and potential of more suspects involved. Champaign Police are asking that anyone who has information on the shooting to contact police at 217-351-4545. Those wishing to remain anonymous can submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone 217-373-8477, online through 373tips.com, or the P3 Tips mobile app. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime.
On Monday, September 13th, The Champaign Unit 4 School Board met and discussed safety measures in schools after two recent unrelated gun violence incidents left parents and students concerned. On September 9th, a Unit 4 school bus was struck by gunfire while transporting students home. No one was injured and it is believed that the bus was not the intended target. On September 8th, a student at Centennial High School displayed a firearm during an altercation. The firearm was not discharged. Both Centennial High School and Jefferson Middle School were placed on lockdown. A warrant is currently out for the arrest of the student who displayed the firearm.
At the board meeting, Dr. Sheila Boozer, superintendent of Unit 4, clarified that Unit 4 schools will not be installing metal detectors but will be implementing random checks with metal detecting wands.