NORMAL – Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, officers from the Normal Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the 1700 block of Putnam Avenue in Northwest Normal.
Upon arrival officers located one 17-year-old male victim lying in the parking lot, with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Officers along with paramedics from the Normal Fire Department, began immediate life saving measures. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he passed away a short time later. Representatives from the McLean County Coroner’s Office responded to the hospital and took custody of the deceased.
The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of the family and the outcome of the autopsy. Preliminary information indicates the victim was attending a large social gathering in the 1700 block of Putnam Avenue. A disagreement between two groups escalated, resulting in shots being fired and the victim being struck.
At this time, it appears the incident was localized to individuals in these groups and not a random act directed toward the public in general. This incident remains under investigation and the Normal Police Department, McLean County Coroner and States Attorney’s Offices are working jointly.
Anyone who may have information pertaining to this incident should contact Detective Jason Hoollenkamp at (309)454-9730 or Sergeant Rob Cherry at (309)454-9726. Individuals can also contact the McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309)828-1111.
Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the individual(s) responsible for this crime.