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2 Dead, 3 Injured After Weekend Gun Violence in Champaign and Danville

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URBANA – Multiple reports of gun violence kept Central Illinois police busy over the weekend.

Friday 11:00 p.m.

It started late Friday night in the 2000 block of Cynthia Drive. Champaign police say a 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital after being shot in the arm during a large fight. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. There is no arrest in this case.

Saturday 1:30 a.m.

An Illini Alert was issued Saturday at 1:30 a.m. after two men were shot in the Campustown area. According to Champaign police, one 24-year-old man

from Danville suffered a gunshot wound to “a lower extremity.” And the other 24-year-old Danville was hit in the foot. Both men were transported to the hospital and are in stable condition, according to a city press release.

The shots were reportedly fired near Third and Green Streets. A University of Illinois press release says neither victim was affiliated with the University of Illinois. There were no arrests in this case. 

In a deal with the city of Champaign, the University of Illinois police department will take over patrols of Campustown. Earlier this month, Illinois Newsroom reported that the department has hired seven new uniformed officers for the task. U of I police will start their patrols on October 1.

Saturday 3:30 a.m.

The first fatal shooting of the weekend happened early Saturday morning in Champaign. Police responded to a strip mall in the 700 block of N. Neil Street in Champaign around 3:30 a.m. A 36-year-old man was transported to the hospital after police say he was shot during an argument. The man died at the hospital. The Champaign County Coroner identified him as Oscar Mallet.

Later in the day, Champaign police say they arrested 32-year-old Neilmyer Anderson in Urbana.

Sunday 3:30 a.m.

Police in Danville responded to a home in the 100 block of Cherry Street. Upon arrival, officers found a 31-year-old man shot to death. Officers recalled visiting the home a few hours earlier for a loud party complaint. There have been no arrests in this case.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Danville police department at 217.431.2250.

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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