DECATUR — A 32-year-old Decatur man, who was shot in the chest and thigh early Sunday morning, has died from his wounds, Macon County Coroner Michael E. Day said on Monday.

Marcel Whitfield was shot while sitting in his vehicle and stumbled into Feeling Lucky Lounge & Package around 1:39 a.m. seeking assistance,  said detective Sgt. Chris Copeland.

Day said Whitfield underwent a surgical intervention at Decatur Memorial Hospital, was moved to the cardiovascular unit where he suddenly went into full arrest and was pronounced dead at 7:45 p.m. Sunday. 

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday at the McLean County coroner's morgue in Bloomington, Day said. An inquest is pending.

Copeland said police were notified about 8 p.m. Sunday night that Whitfield, who had been shot once in his chest and once in his left thigh, had died. He said the case is being investigated as a homicide.

Troy Chastain, the son of the couple who owns Feeling Lucky, told the Herald & Review on Sunday that Whitfield staggered into the bar and the staff immediately began to care for him and called 911.

No arrests have been made, police said.

Copeland said police are asking witnesses or anyone with information to call detectives 217-424-2734 or Crime Stoppers at 217-423-8477 (TIPS).

This is Decatur's fourth homicide of 2019.

Police arrested 22-year-old Billiejo L. Soyster on New Year's Day in the fatal stabbing of her 38-year-old boyfriend, David W. Murray.

Curtis T. Hairston, 18, died Jan. 4, after being shot inside Long John Silver's, 701, W. Eldorado St. Jaquarius L. West, 18, and Matthew A. Anderson Jr., 20, have each pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder.

Ta'Naja Barnes, 2, died Feb. 11 from police described as neglect in a filthy home. The girls' mother, Twanka Davis, 21, and her boyfriend, Anthony Myers, 25, have both been charged with murder.


Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites


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