NORMAL — Normal police continued Thursday morning to look for the suspect in a Wednesday afternoon shooting that left a man dead of gunshot wounds. 

“We have an active homicide investigation at this point,” said Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner. “We have a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds.”

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. The identity of the victim and has not yet been released. 

The shooting was reported about 1:50 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 700 block of South Golfcrest Road near the intersection of Northbrook Drive in north Normal. Police said a 22-year-old man was found unresponsive near a parking lot.

“I heard four shots like pop-pop-pop-pop,” said Jason Rose, who was sitting in his apartment about a block from the scene. “Then, I heard one last one. I called 911 immediately because I knew it was gunfire.”

Rose said he saw first responders perform CPR on the victim. The man was transferred to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle at the scene at the time the shots were fired, and police said the suspect fled the area in a dark-colored vehicle.

“I talked to a girl who said it was her little brother who was shot,” said Shelby Wilson, who said she didn’t see the shooting, but was visiting her child’s grandparents in the neighborhood.

“We heard there was a maroon car that took off out of here, but that’s about all I know.”

The shooting remains under investigation by NPD and the coroner’s office. Police are asking anyone who was in the area at the time or who has information about the shooting to call police at 309-454-9535.

People also can contact McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111.  Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward of up to  $1,000 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the individual(s) responsible for this crime.

It was the second homicide of 2017 in the Twin Cities, both coming in the last 10 days.

On May 21, Shannon Hastings, 27, of Peoria was found stabbed to death in a room at Econo Lodge, 401 Brock Drive, Bloomington. Kyle Brestan, 32, of Bloomington was arrested on murder charges May 25 and remains in McLean County jail.

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