The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 21, 2013

Overnight shootings kill one, injure three


DANVILLE — One person is dead and three others were injured overnight in shootings on the east side of Danville.

The shootings — which took place within a block of each other in and around Fair Oaks Housing Complex — began around 9 p.m. with the report of a man shot in the 900 block of Wakley Drive. Each of the incidents remains under investigation.

The 21-year-old victim told police he was walking toward Moore Street when he heard shots fired and felt pain in his lower leg and ankle area from a gunshot wound, according to a release from Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason.

He was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center for treatment.

Four hours later, a woman was killed by a rifle-wielding gunman in the 900 block of Moore Street.

According to Thomason, an officer was in Fair Oaks when he heard gunshots. He responded and was directed to the house at 912 Moore St. where two people were found shot inside the home.

A 21-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead on the scene by Medix personnel. An 18-year-old man who had been shot in the back was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana where he was treated and released.

Witnesses told police that at least one male with a rifle-type weapon approached the home and fired at it from the street. Thomason indicated information “was sketchy” as to how many others may have been with the shooter.

Around 2 ½ hours later, a person called police from the 900 block of Campbell Lane saying he has suffered a minor gunshot wound while standing in 912 Moore St. at the time of the earlier shooting. He was treated and released at Presence USMC.

Police are seeking anyone with information about the shootings and asking them to contact Danville police at 431-2250 or Crime Stoppers at 446-TIPS.