A mourner at a vigil for shooting victim Egerton Dover lights a candle Wednesday night, Dec. 5, 2018, on the steps of his home on West Jefferson Street in Bloomington. Dover was shot and killed there earlier in the day.

BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington police continue to investigate a shooting this week that killed a 20-year-old Bloomington man.

Police were called at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday to 814 W. Jefferson St. for reports of a man being shot. Egerton Dover was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bloomington police said Friday no new information was available about the incident. Authorities have not released results of an autopsy conducted Thursday on the victim.

At a vigil organized by friends after the shooting, Dover was remembered as a person with a bright smile and a positive attitude.

Bloomington investigators also are continuing their work on an Oct. 30 shooting in the 1300 block of North Oak Street that killed Trevonte D. Kirkwood. The 27-year-old was found on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators with the Bloomington and Normal police departments have had a busy year dealing with at least 20 incidents involving confirmed gunfire.

Of the 11 homicides, nine were victims of gun violence and two were stabbed. 

Beginning in February, the Twin Cities experienced a string of violent deaths, starting with the February stabbing death of Nicole Elbert on McLean Street in Bloomington. Her husband Monroe Elbert faces murder charges.

In April, Joseph Gardner, 20, and Reginald Hart, 19, were shot to death in an apartment complex on College Avenue in Normal. Christopher Harrison, 18, is accused of shooting the two men.

On June 10, two people were killed by gunfire in an incident on Orchard Road in Bloomington. Hammet Brown is charged with murder in the deaths of Taneshiea A. Brown, 20, and Steven C. Alexander Jr., 18, both of Bloomington.

A week later, three people died in a shooting on Riley Drive in Bloomington. Nate Pena and Corey Jackson, both 22, and Juan Carlos Perez, 33, died, and a child was wounded. Sydney Mays Jr. is charged with murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in that case.

Leila Jackson, 22, is charged with murder in the July stabbing death of Quantez Brown, 24, on Roosevelt Avenue in Bloomington. The two were involved in a verbal dispute when the incident occurred, according to police. 

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny


McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.

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