BREAKING: 1 dead; 4 wounded near university campus; shooter at large

In the past few weeks, we’ve reported on the unfortunately regular weekend shootings in Chicago. So far, at least 22 have been shot since Saturday night, two fatally. But these stories rarely hit the news because it’s “just” black people shooting other black people, and no police are involved.

Also, in the past two weeks, we’ve reported on terror attacks across the country –including the stabbing attack in a Minnesota mall and bombings in New York and New Jersey.

Authorities aren’t ruling out terror for Friday night’s shooting in Washington state carried about by a Turkish national who killed five, so we’ll have to wait and see.

As we will about this latest violence.

NBC reports, One person is dead and four others wounded in two shooting incidents at the University of Illinois in Champaign early Sunday, according to police.

Around 12:38 a.m., officers responded to multiple calls of shots fired in the 300 block of East Green Street, according to a release from the Champaign Police Department.

There they found four victims with gunshot wounds, who were taken to area hospitals where one victim was pronounced dead, police said.

He was later identified as George Korchev, of Mundelein, according to the Champaign County Coroner.

The other three victims sustained non-critical injuries, police said. A fifth person who was running from the gunfire was struck by a vehicle and also injured, according to police. Further information on the victims and their conditions was not immediately available.

Police said an argument broke out at an apartment party near the scene, then transitioned outside where a fight broke out and shots were fired. Korchev and the other victims were not involved in the fight, authorities said, but were walking in the area when gunfire erupted.

Approximately 30 minutes later, police received another report of gunfire in the 700 Block of South State Street. Upon arrival, officers found an additional shooting victim who was taken to an area hospital with a non-critical wound.

Police said preliminary investigations suggest that the two shooting incidents may be related. Authorities are searching for a suspect in both incidents as well as the driver in the car crash.

Is this a gun problem? A race problem? A terror problem? It’s a problem, that’s for sure, and it will be interesting to see if our presidential candidates address it in their first debate Monday night.

[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]

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