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Champaign Police Release Surveillance Video, Issue Warrant for Suspect in Deadly Shooting Near University of Illinois

One person was killed and four others wounded in two shootings early Sunday, according to police

Police have revealed new details in Sunday's deadly shooting near the University of Illinois, issuing a warrant for the arrest of a suspect and releasing surveillance video of the area during the incident. 

Robbie M. Patton, 18, of Champaign, is sought for the charges of first degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, Champaign police announced Wednesday.

One person was killed and four others wounded in two shootings early Sunday, according to police.

Around 12:38 a.m., officers responding to multiple reports of a shooting in the 300 block of East Green Street found four victims with gunshot wounds, according to a statement from the Champaign Police Department.

George Korchev, 22, of Mundelein, was shot in the back and chest, police said, and taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Two 22-year-old men from Champaign were also shot, one in the back and one in the arm, authorities said. A 20-year-old man from Champaign was also shot in the arm, according to police, and a 19-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle while fleeing the gunfire, police said.

All victims were taken to area hospitals and have since been treated and discharged, according to police. 

In their investigation, police found that an argument broke out at an apartment party near the scene, then spilled out of the apartment complex. [[395156181, C]]

Authorities said a group of women were fighting in the parking lot, as well as other, smaller altercations. One male victim entered the parking lot and was attacked, according to police, which led to the shooting. 

Korchev and the other victims were not involved in the fight, authorities said, but were walking in the area when gunfire erupted. Police believe Patton was responsible for the shooting, but continue to investigate. 

Approximately 30 minutes later, police received another report of a shooting less than a mile away, in the 700 block of South State Street a few blocks west of campus. Officers found a 25-year-old woman of Urbana with a gunshot wound to the leg, who was taken to an area hospital and has since been released.

Police initially said preliminary investigations suggest that the two shootings may have been related, but said Wednesday that they have not found credible information to confirm the incidents were related.

The investigation is ongoing, and police are asking any individuals who were at the scene of either shooting to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Champaign Police via email at police@champaignil.gov or by phone at 217-351-4545.

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