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One man injured in apparent shooting in west Normal, police say

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NORMAL — One adult male was injured in an apparent shooting Tuesday night in west Normal, police said.

Normal shooting scene

Paramedics and police work with the victim of an apparent shooting in the street Tuesday night in the 1500 block of Hancock Drive in west Normal. One person was injured and transported to Carle BroMenn Medical Center, police said.

Normal Police Sgt. Steven Koscielak said the incident occurred shortly after 10:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Hancock Drive, just a few yards west of the intersection with College Park Court. 

Multiple shots were reported, Koscielak said.

No one was in custody as of late Tuesday night.

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The victim was transported by ambulance to Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. His condition was unknown late Tuesday night.

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"How bad it's going to be, I can't say at this point," Koscielak said of the victim's injuries. 

Nearby residents said they heard three pops, but they assumed it was fireworks, which have been ongoing in the neighborhood for several weeks.

Normal shooting scene

Normal police work the scene of an apparent shooting Tuesday night in the 1500 block of Hancock Drive in west Normal. One person was injured and transported to Carle BroMenn Medical Center, police said.

A person described as a young adult male was seen by witnesses walking west on Hancock Drive with two others described as young adult men before he collapsed in the street. Witnesses said they heard the man cry out, "Call 911, man, I've been shot."

Police arrived a short time later, witnesses said, and residents from nearby apartment buildings and condos came out to see what happened. Witnesses said the crowd seemed calm.

The area was cordoned off briefly with police tape and orange cones were placed in the street while police worked the scene, which was cleared before midnight, witnesses said.

There were no other reports of injuries or property damage associated with the gunfire, police said. 

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Statistics may tell us that crime, overall, dropped somewhat in Central Illinois in 2020, with the exception of domestic violence cases. COVID-19 may have had something to do with a perceived drop in such categories as armed robberies, but still, the criminal damage done in the span of one week - May 31 - June 6, outweighed previous years. Several Twin City businesses were looted and 11 Normal Police cars were damaged in the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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