DECATUR — A man and woman were transferred to a Springfield hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a shooting Thursday night in the 1100 block of East Main Street.
Police arrived at the scene around 7:30 p.m. after a report of shots fired and found evidence that a shooting had taken place in the area, Lt. Brian Cleary said in a statement. The block is between Jasper and Illinois streets.
A short time later, two victims — a 25-year-old woman and 41-year-old man — arrived at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital with apparent gunshot wounds. Both were taken to HSHS St. John’s Hospital for more treatment, Cleary said.
So far, police have arrested a 30-year-old man on a preliminary charge of obstructing justice. A signed affidavit said two eyewitnesses placed the man at the scene of the shooting before, during and after the incident occurred.
When detectives interviewed the man, the affidavit said, he told police that he showed up at the scene a couple minutes after the shooting. The detectives told the man about the eyewitnesses' statements, prompting him to decline to speaking to the detectives any further, the affidavit said.
The man's preliminary charge is subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. He is due in court on June 26.
Speaking Friday afternoon, detective Sgt. Steve Carroll said he did not have any new information about the conditions of the two victims.
He also said that police are still investigating two separate shots fired incidents that happened in the same area as the shooting on Wednesday and early Thursday.
The first report came in at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday and the other occurred at 12:18 a.m Thursday. Both reports were for the 1100 block of East Main, and shell casings were recovered in both investigations.
While he didn't want to rule out the possibility that all three of the incidents are related, Carroll said Friday that there wasn't enough evidence to prove that they are. "We've got no suspects, no cars ... nothing on the first ones," he said.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Decatur Police Department at (217) 424-2711, the department’s Investigations Division at (217) 424-2734, or Crime Stoppers at (217) 423-8477.