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1 dead, 5 wounded in Champaign after shootings

Posted by wlpo on September 25, 2016

Authorities say 5 people were shot, one of them fatally, in 2 separate overnight shootings within minutes of each other in Champaign.

Police say in a news release that they believe the 2 shootings may be related. They say the first apparently stemmed from an argument at an apartment party shortly after midnight. It escalated into a fight outside in which shots were fired, striking 4 people.

1 of the four, George Korchev of Mundelein, was killed. Police say he wasn’t involved in the fight and happened to be walking by when the shots were fired. The other 3 were taken to a hospital for treatment of what police called non-critical gunshot wounds.

Less than half an hour later, police received a report of another shooting. Officers found a victim, who was taken to a hospital and treated for a non-critical wound.

Police are searching for a suspect or suspects in the shootings and for the driver of a vehicle that struck someone who was running away from the gunfire at the first scene. That person’s injuries were minor.

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