DANVILLE – Danville police are investigating two shootings that occurred during the weekend.
The first shooting on Saturday night caused Danville High School to be placed on lockdown while the Midwest Classic show choir competition was taking place.
At 8:36 p.m. police responded to the 800 block of Hazel Street in reference to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival officers found a 35-year-old Danville man who had been shot in the legs. The man stated he was riding his bicycle at Woodbury and Hazel streets when someone started shooting in the area, Police Commander Joshua Webb said in a release.
The man stated he believed the shots came from a light-colored truck, according to police. After the shooting, the truck was seen traveling westbound from the area. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening wounds, police said.
Since the shooting occurred a block away from DHS, the high school initially was placed on a precautionary lockdown because the Midwest Classic was taking place. The lockdown lasted about 20 minutes until officers were able to gather further information that there was no danger to anyone at the school and that the suspect from the shooting had left the area.
At 2:18 a.m. Sunday, Danville police responded to the 500 block of Grant Street in reference to a victim with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival officers found a 38-year-old Danville man with a gunshot wound to his lower back. The victim stated he was walking into his residence when someone started shooting at him. The man was unable to provide a suspect description, police said.
The man was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening wound.
There is no indication that these shootings are related, according to police.
The investigation into these incidents continues. Anyone who has information regarding these incidents is asked to call the Danville police at (217) 431-2250 or Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.