BLOOMINGTON — At least one person was shot late Tuesday night in what police called "an evolving situation" that involved gunfire in the 1200 block of Orchard Road and a crash about two blocks away on Wildwood Road.
There also was a substantial police presence after the shooting at the emergency room of OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, where the man was being treated early Wednesday. More than a dozen people had gathered there to await news of his condition.
Police said the hospital was not locked down, but they asked that only employees and people in need of treatment enter.
The incident began about 9:50 p.m. when neighbors reported hearing about five or six gunshots, somewhat muffled, and then squealing tires. When they looked out, they saw someone lying in the street and someone bent over the victim, apparently offering aid and calling 911.
Police at the scene said the man being taken by ambulance from Orchard was talking to rescue workers, but there was no official word on his condition.
About two blocks away, three SUVs could be seen in the yard of a house in the 1600 block of Wildwood. Yellow police tape cordoned off that block of Wildwood and much of the block of Orchard south of Wildwood.
Police confirmed one person was shot and the incidents were related, but they released few other details early Tuesday. They also declined to comment on the conditions of anyone else involved in the gunfire or crash.
Within the cordoned-off area of Orchard was the building where two people were shot to death and two others were wounded June 10. One man, Hammet Brown, remains in jail awaiting trial in connection with that case.
The McLean County Sheriff's Department assisted Bloomington police in securing the crime scenes.
This is at least the sixth confirmed gunfire incident in Bloomington so far this year. Whether it was connected to any of them was not known early Wednesday.
Gunfire damaged a parked car about 6:34 p.m. March 11 at the intersection of West Mill and South Oak streets in Bloomington. No one was injured, and no one was arrested in connection to the gunfire, police said.
Three men face charges after confronting two others at Franzetti's Pantry in the 800 block of East Washington Street around 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and firing two shots. The incident involved a gang dispute heated up by exchanges on social media, authorities said.
Police say one man was shot early Feb. 3 in the 800 block of North Roosevelt Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds and non-life threatening injuries.
Police were called about 4:50 a.m. Jan. 31 to the 1400 block of North Lee to investigate a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located damage to a residence and other evidence of a shooting. There were no injuries reported.
Officers were called about 2:15 a.m. Jan. 25 to the area of McLean and Walnut streets. Multiple bullet strikes were found and several bullets were fired into the living spaces of the apartments in a house on Walnut, said police. The residents of the apartments were not injured in the gunfire.
This story will be updated.