DECATUR — Four people were shot Monday night near Jasper and Main Streets, according to the Decatur Police Department. All four went to HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.

About 10:30 p.m., police responded to the scene, where they found shell casings from a gun, according to a news release from Lt. Brian Cleary. 

The victims included a 22-year-old woman, two 22-year-old men and one 24-year-old man. The woman was later transported to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield for life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and police have made no arrests. Police encourage anyone with information to contact the Decatur Police Department (217) 424-2711 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 423-8477.

For some residents who live in the vicinity of the shooting, the sound of gunfire in the streets is nothing new. Lisa Garner said her home is six blocks away, and the noise from multiple gunshots was enough to wake her up.

"I woke up from being sound asleep, so I don't know how many gunshots there were," she said Tuesday morning while shopping at a neighborhood convenience store.

"At least once a week I hear gunshots, and I hear them somewhere in town, even if it ain't near me, although I've had it happen across the street right next to my house," she said. "This town is so screwed up, it's pathetic."

Garner, 56, is helping to look after three granddaughters ages 7, 2 and 1, and fears for their future. She said the gunshots didn't wake them up because hearing them is not unusual: "They are used to all that." But she worries about the dangers of stray bullets and the risk of an accidental wounding — or worse.

"If I had the money, I'd be gone, I'd take my grandbabies and I'd be gone," she said. "But I've lived where I am for a year because it's the only thing I can afford."

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