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Deadly shootings near University of Illinois campus

CBS News CBS News 25/09/2016 cbsnews (hidden byline)
Gregory Hall at the University of Illinois is seen on Friday, April 29, 2016 in Champaign, Illinois.: illinois.jpg © WCIA illinois.jpg

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois – Shootings at or near the University of IllinoisUrbana-Champaign and a related hit-and-run incident early Sunday morning left at least five people wounded and one person dead, police said.

In a statement, the city of Champaign said at least one suspect in the shooting is still at large, and the driver in the hit-and-run is still being sought.

Officials said Champaign police received calls about a shooting on Green Street at around 12:20 a.m., and discovered four gunshot victims when they arrived. They say a fifth person fleeing the gunfire was wounded after being hit by a car, which later fled.

A man identified as George Korchev of Mundelein, Ill., later died of his wounds from that incident, according to the statement.

At around 1 a.m., police said they received reports of a second shooting nearby. At the scene on S. State St., they discovered another gunshot victim with wounds described as not serious.

The university sent out an alert early Sunday morning around 1 a.m. warning of a shootingon campus.

The City of Champaign tweeted early Sunday that there were two shooting incidents, and that a total of five people were wounded. 

Officials say the shootings and the hit-and-run may all be related. A preliminary investigation indicates the dispute that led to the shootings began at a party and spilled outside, and that all of the victims were not involved in the dispute.

Students and witnesses later took to social media to confirm a shooting had taken place, but details remain unconfirmed.

Kathryn Lawlor witnesses shots fired on Green Street in Champaign. She sent me this video.

— Masaki Sugimoto (@MasakiSugimoto) September 25, 2016

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