UPDATE: New details have been released in a shooting at an off-campus house party in Macomb that left one person dead.
According to a media release on the Macomb Police Department’s Facebook page, officers responded to a report of shots fired at a house party in the 500 block of North Johnson Street at about 1:55 Saturday morning. It is believed a fight began and gunfire broke out. The incident is believed to be isolated and there is no threat to the public.
Ten people were wounded, many with superficial gunshot wounds. They were taken to McDonough District Hospital in Macomb for treatment. Six were students at Western Illinois University, but their names are not being released. One person was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are not releasing the person’s name, pending notification of relatives, but did release that the person was not a WIU student. The hospital was briefly placed on lockdown, with the assistance of hospital staff and area law enforcement as a precautionary measure while the victims received treatment. Some victims were taken by ambulance to Level One Trauma Centers for further treatment.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing. The release says, “it is likely that video or photos before, or during the incident exist. Individual(s) with information, photos or video are urged to call CrimeStoppers at (309) 836-3222, all calls will remain anonymous. Video and photos can be emailed to email@example.com.”
EARLIER: One person is dead after gunfire at an early-morning house party Saturday in Macomb, Ill., according to a Facebook news release from Macomb Police.
Police responded to a call of gunfire at a house party at around 1:55 a.m. Saturday, according to the release.
“Early reports indicated an altercation occurred and shots were fired. Several people were struck by gunfire and transported to the hospital for treatment. One person is deceased,” the post says.
Additionally, “It is likely video of the incident exists,” the post says. Police ask anyone who has video from the incident to email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and that anyone with information about the shooting call 309-833-4505 or Crime Stoppers at 309-836-3222. Tips can be anonymous.
Police call the the shooting “an isolated incident” and say there does not appear to be a threat to the public at this time.
According to a post on the Western Illinois University Facebook page, Western Illinois University athletic events will be canceled for the weekend. All other university events will continue as scheduled.
In the post, the WIU Office of Public Safety suggests everyone be vigilant about being aware of their surroundings. Individuals with information should call 9-1-1 immediately or contact Macomb Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or 309-836-2222, a Facebook post says..
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