Two arrested in connection with overnight shooting

Two arrested in connection with overnight shooting

<strong style="color: #0000bf; font-size: 15px;"><span style="color: #0000bf; font-size: 15px;">Update: 5:47 pm </span></strong><br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; CHAMPAIGN -- The fourth shooting in the city this weekend happened in an IHOP parking lot early Sunday.
Update: 5:47 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- The fourth shooting in the city this weekend happened in an IHOP parking lot early Sunday. All four shootings happened in just over 24 hours. No injuries were reported, but investigators made two arrests connected to the case.

Police say 27-year old Harvey Blakely was the man who pulled the trigger and 32-year old Michael Gladney was behind the wheel of Blakely's getaway car.

Police haven't said if this latest shooting is related to any of the others this weekend or from earlier this month. But people said they can't help but wonder if all this violence is somehow connected. Workers said a packed parking lot at IHOP isn't unusual in the wee hours of the morning.

"We noticed there were some angry customers, some people walking out on us and we were a little confused at first," said David Mor, who works at IHOP.

But what came after that was anything but ordinary.

"I've never heard a gunshot that close to me before," said Mor. "But I watch enough Law and Order by now to know what to do."

The manager said they heard four or five gunshots while people inside crouched under tables. Witnesses said they saw a car drive away. Hours later, customers can't believe it happened.

"I looked at the parking lot and I was like, how could somebody just pull up here and just shoot at each other?" asked Michael Wilson, who is an IHOP customer. "It's kind of scary to think about."

Gunfire rang out three other times in Champaign this weekend, all on Saturday; twice in the early morning hours and once near the Town Center Apartment complex. Three people were hit in the crossfire but none of their injuries were serious.

"It'd have to be due to gang activity, something happens and then another thing," said Wilson. "It's got to be some sort of retaliation on each other."

But people say they're not giving up on police and they trust officers to put suspects behind bars.

"As long as the city works together to track down whoever did it and keep the city safe, that's what needs to happen," said Wilson.

"Regardless of these few incidents that have been happening lately, I'm still holding out for Champaign," said Mor.

One car was damaged Sunday morning. Investigators say there may have been more than one shooter.

Original: 12:35 pm

CHAMPAIGN -- Police responded to the fourth shooting in the city in just over 24 hours. Investigators were called to the 300-block of East Green Street just after 3 am Sunday.

Witnesses told police they heard multiple shots in the area and described the shooting suspect and car. Police arrested 27-year old Harvey Blakely for unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Investigators say 32-year old Michael Gladney was driving the car and was arrested for disobeying a stop sign and fleeing officers. No injuries were reported but at least one vehicle was damaged.

Police say the evidence suggests there may have been more than one shooter involved. Three other shooting were reported around Champaign on Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

Champaign County Crime Stoppers
(217) 373 - TIPS
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