BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington Police Department is investigating a fourth confirmed incident of gunshots being fired in less than a week — a similar pattern also found around Thanksgiving 2016.
Police said Tuesday they were called to the area of Oakland and Euclid avenues about 7:57 p.m. Monday night.
A 32-year-old woman told police that she saw someone point a gun toward her car and then she heard several shots. She witnessed two black males running away.
Officers located several shell casings in the area during the investigation.
No injuries or property damage were reported; no arrests have been made.
Previously, police confirmed shots being fired around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of South Clayton Street, at 4:33 a.m. Sunday in the 2200 block of Todd Drive, and at 1:37 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of West Grove Street.
No injuries or arrests were reported in those incidents either and BPD spokesman Elias Mendiola said the shootings do not appear to be related.
“Not at this time, based on different locations, witnesses, and victims,” he said.
Police Chief Brendan Heffner said investigators are working on each case.
"We don't know why there have been a few shots fired incidents in the past few days, though we are actively working the cases and pursuing leads to see if there is a thread between them. We are appealing to the public if they hear or see anything to please call us."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Bloomington Police at 309-434-2963, or email@example.com. If you want to remain anonymous, call McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111. If your call leads to the arrest and indictment of suspect(s) you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Last year, on Thanksgiving night, officers responded to a call at Main Street Convenience, 1919 S. Main St., of shots fired from a car after an alleged argument. A warrant for the arrest of Bobby James was issued in early December. He was located in Chicago and placed in custody in late January.
He remains in McLean County jail in lieu of posting $50,000 bond on several weapons and aggravated discharge of a weapon charges. He is due in court on Dec. 20.
At 1:30 a.m. on the morning after Thanksgiving last year, police were called to a report of shots fired at a home in the 800 block of West Mulberry Street. A bullet struck the house but no one was injured. There were no arrests in that incident.
Then, the following day, Darvell Williams, 29, was arrested on weapons charges following an incident in the 2100 block of East Empire Street. Investigators said at least three vehicles were struck by bullets and a window at Lowe’s Home Improvement at 2101 E. Empire. One of the vehicles was traveling on Empire and a Lowe's employee was sitting in her car at the time the other vehicle was struck, shattering a window.
There were no injuries reported.