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May 11, 2010

Argument sparks shooting

DANVILLE — An argument early Tuesday evening might have sparked the fatal shooting of a man along North Griffin Street.

Danville police were called to the Dollar General parking lot, 100 N. Griffin St., following reports of shots fired. They found a person wounded around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers found a 21-year-old man who had been shot several times. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center and then airlifted to an Urbana hospital. He died before 8:30 p.m.

The suspect in the shooting — a 23-year-old man — was still at the scene when police arrived and was taken into custody without incident. He also has not been identified.

Both men were sitting in vehicles in the parking lot prior to the shooting, according to a press release issued Tuesday night by Danville Department of Public Safety Director Larry Thomason.

The men, who knew each other, were arguing when the 23-year-old man got out of his vehicle and approached the 21-year-old man, who was still sitting in his vehicle. The suspect then shot the victim several times using a handgun, police said.

This is the fifth shooting in Danville this year and the first fatal shooting. Prior to Tuesday’s incident, the city has seen four non-fatal shootings this year, but none since the beginning of March.

An investigation into the shooting is continuing with detectives interviewing people regarding the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Danville police at 431-2250.

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