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25 Sep, 2016 07:04

1 shot dead, 5 wounded on University of Illinois campus, shooter at large

1 shot dead, 5 wounded on University of Illinois campus, shooter at large

One person was killed and five others injured on Sunday morning in two shootings near the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, which the police believe to be related.

The first shooting occurred 12:30 a.m. after an argument at a house party spilled into the street and caused a brawl, during which shots were fired, the police said.  

Firearms were used on Green Street between Third and Fourth streets, about one block away from 'The Red Lion', a popular campus bar.

Four people, who weren’t involved in the fight, received gunshot wounds in the incident.

One of them died of his wounds in hospital. The deceased was identified as a 22-year-old George Korchev from the Illinois suburb of Mudelein.

The rest of the victims were treated by doctors after being diagnosed with moderate injuries. One of the injured was confirmed to be a student at the Urbana-Champaign University. 


A fifth person was also hurt as he was hit by a vehicle as he attempted to flee the area and received non-life-threatening injuries.

About half an hour after the first incident, the second shooting took place nearby and led to another person being hospitalized non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

No arrests have been made as the police are looking for suspect or suspects in both shootings as well as the driver of the car involved in hit and run. 

The investigation believes that the two incidents at Illinois University campus are likely to be related.