BLOOMINGTON — Police are investigating a Wednesday morning shooting death in the 800 block of  West Jefferson Street in Bloomington, which is at least the 19th incident in 2018 in which police in Bloomington or Normal have confirmed shots were fired.

The departments also are investigating several other incidents, but found no evidence that shots were fired.

So far this year, 11 people have been listed as homicide victims  in the Twin Cities. Nine were killed by gunfire, two are stabbing homicides, one in February and one in July

Following are the gunfire incidents:

•Feb. 3, 2100 block of North Veterans Parkway, Bloomington. Witnesses said a man fired a gun at a vehicle occupied by a woman, man and child in a parking lot, but no one was injured. Shomari J. Givihan, 21, was charged with two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle and possessing a firearm without a proper firearm owner's identification card. He remains jailed in lieu of posting $10,035. He is due in court on Oct. 29.

•Feb. 20, 900 block of West Olive Street, Bloomington. At 3:09 a.m. police discovered several rounds had been fired into a residence. There were no injuries and no arrests.

April 4, 2100 and 2200 blocks of Rainbow Avenue, Bloomington. At 9:31 p.m. police were called for a report of gunfire and later found a man had been shot in the leg. A handgun and multiple shell casings were found at the scene. No arrests have been made.

April 25, 1444 E. College Ave., Normal. Joseph Gardner, 20, and Reginald Hart Jr., 19, both of Bloomington, were shot to death in a hallway at Lancaster Heights apartments. Christopher Harrison, 17, remains in McLean County jail in lieu of posting $250,035 on six counts of first-degree murder and other weapons and drug charges. He is scheduled for a court appearance on Friday.

May 7, 311 Riley Drive, Bloomington. Police were called when a car's rear window was shot out about 8:35 p.m. in the parking lot behind it. A 16-year-old was apprehended shortly after the incident with a stolen handgun.

June 4, Monroe and McLean streets, Bloomington. Police reported two 19-year-old men were injured about 1:14 a.m. when the car they were in was shot at near the intersection. Police say one man was injured by gunfire and was transported to a local hospital. No arrests have been made in that case.

June 10, 1200 block of Orchard Road, Bloomington. Taneshiea A. Brown, 20, and Steven C. Alexander Jr., 18, both of Bloomington, were pronounced dead of gunshot wounds at 1:17 a.m. at the scene outside an apartment building where they reportedly were attending a party, authorities said. Kenleia Sims and Tyree Jones also were shot, but they survived gunshot wounds to their legs. Hammet Brown, 26, of Bloomington is awaiting trial on murder charges and is scheduled for a status update on Dec. 7.

June 27, 1700 block of School Street, Normal. One man was wounded by gunfire about 9:30 p.m. Witnesses told police several shots were fired and a man in dark clothing was seen fleeing the area on foot and entered a light-colored vehicle west of an apartment complex. The injuries were not life-threatening. There have been no arrests in that case.

July 3, 600 block of West Jefferson Street, Bloomington. One man suffered non-life-threatening injuries about 1:12 a.m. Witnesses reported hearing a single gunshot and a man yelling that he had been shot. The investigation is continuing.

July 29, 1300 block of West Jackson Street, Bloomington. At 11:47 p.m., police were called for a report of shots being fired. Several shell casings were discovered, and officers found damage to a vehicle. There were no injuries and no arrests.

Sept. 25, 300 block of South Western Avenue, Bloomington. At 7:12 a.m., residents reported hearing at least five shots and police found several shell casings. One man was transported to a local hospital for gunshot injuries, but was treated and released. No arrests have been made.

Sept. 30, 1900 block of Tracy Drive, Bloomington. At 7:30 p.m., police were called following reports of gunshots after an argument in an apartment complex parking lot. Spent shell casings were found at the scene, but no arrests have been made.

Oct. 1, 700 block of West Monroe Street, Bloomington. Neighbors reported several males fighting in the intersection of Monroe and Mason Street about 10:51 p.m. Police responded but the group had dispersed. About 20 minutes later, police were called back to the scene after witnesses reported several gunshots. Officers found multiple shell casings and a small amount of blood. There were no reported injuries or arrests.

•Oct. 20, 800 block of South Fell Avenue, Normal. Police said they were called to the scene at about 4:40 a.m. after residents heard gunfire. There were no injuries and no arrests. Police believe it was an isolated incident.

•Oct. 28, 300 block of West Willow, Normal. Police said at about 3:20 a.m., they received a report of a fight in progress and one of the people involved was possibly armed. After responding to the call, officers heard gunshots and found evidence a handgun had been discharged. There were no injuries and no arrests.

•Oct. 30, 1300 block of North Oak Street, Bloomington. In what was the 10th homicide in the Twin Cities this year, police were called to the 1300 block of North Oak Street at about 8:40 p.m. and found Trevonte Kirkwood, 27, on the sidewalk, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to a hospital, but died. There have been no arrests.

Nov. 17, 800 block of Douglas Street, Bloomington. Police were dispatched at 8:17 p.m. to the 800 block of Douglas to investigate a shooting. Officers made contact with four juveniles, including one who was struck in the leg, who said a male approached them and fired multiple shots without provocation, police said.

Dec. 5, 800 block of West Jefferson Street, Bloomington.  Police investigating the shooting death Egerton Dover, 20, who was pronounced dead at the scene near his home.  

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