DEVELOPING: It's a scene all too familiar for this Douglass Park
neighborhood: bullet casings, police tape and sadness. Now -- another young
life lost leaves neighbors wanting a change. Chanell Pierce moved here from
Chicago less than a year ago.
"We left because violence came too close to home, so
then to come down here and it's like a bullet in the side of our house is
crazy," Pierce said.
Police investigators say 22-year-old Rakim Vineyard died Saturday
after being shot in the 1000 block of North Sixth Street in Champaign.
Witnesses told police a man -- no older than 25 -- left the scene with a
weapon. Sunday -- church members walked that same block asking why.
"...50 yards from where I'm standing. On a Sunday,
nobody's here. What is your problem?" E.V. Davis of Urbana's New Life
Church of Faith said.
He came to the scene to help, saying the culture of violence
must leave and mentors must bring prayer and positivity to the community.
"They need somebody out here like me, and you, every
day. To let them know that there is a way out. They just going through,"
Nearby Pierce says she came home right after the shooting --
and is still in shock. She hopes the violence will end, but says it's a tough
battle to fight.
"I do try to reach out to people who are younger than
me and tell them stuff that I've been through to know that it's not the way you
want to go, but then it's hard when nobody wants to listen."
Champaign Police tell us they could really use your help
finding the gunman. He is described as a Black man between 17 to 25 years old,
5'9". He was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jean shorts or
pants. Call Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS.
UPDATE: A 22-year-old man shot near Douglass Park Saturday has passed away. The victim has been identified as Rakim J. Vineyard of Champaign, Illinois. His death remains under investigation. Look for a report tonight at 10 on ABC Newschannel to find out what else we know about the deadly shooting and the suspect.
Champaign police are looking for the person who shot a 22 year old man Saturday afternoon near Douglass Park.
Officer say when they arrived to the 1000 block of N. Sixth Street they found the victim unconscious. He was taken to Carle Hospital for treatment. Witnesses told police the armed suspect fled from the area.
Authorities are describing the alleged shooter as a Black male, 17-25 years old, about 5-feet-9 wearing a white shirt and blue jean shorts or pants.