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Bloomington Police are investigating three shooting incidents late Wednesday and early Thursday within a few blocks of each other. One person was injured.

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Prosecutors on Tuesday won their second murder conviction stemming from a botched 2018 drug robbery on Bloomington’s west side.

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In his testimony Wednesday in the Scotty Allen murder trial, Kajuan Hobson denied telling police he believed his brother was killed in retaliation for another murder.

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Before they went to Christopher Harrison’s home to steal guns, drugs and money, Joseph Gardner and Reggie Hart Jr. made a plan to take what they wanted, according to a detective’s testimony Thursday at Harrison’s murder trial.

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Bloomington Police are investigating a shooting that injured one man Tuesday night on the city's west side.

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A 37-year-old man was critically wounded by gunfire during an argument early Wednesday in Bloomington, police said.

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A local group focused on responsible gun ownership and stopping gun violence is getting creative to spread its message in the face of COVID-19 and demonstrations over racial injustice.

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Crime went down slightly in Bloomington last year, but shootings remain a big issue for the police department.

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Bloomington Police said they are investigating an incident in which a 17-year-old boy was shot in the forearm on Saturday.

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When gunfire erupts in Bloomington-Normal, odds are good that Andrew Held will receive a call to help with the aftermath.

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Two people were killed and 12 were injured by gunfire in Bloomington-Normal in 2019, as the number of shootings climbed to 50 for the year.

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An 18-year-old faces weapons charges related to Tuesday's fatal shooting in Normal, though police say the killer remains at large.

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The top federal prosecutor for central Illinois says a new anti-gun violence initiative will improve coordination between law enforcement agencies and keep more illegal weapons off the streets.

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A national gun violence prevention group is praising U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis for his support of a new bill that would incentivize sales of safe storage devices through tax credits.

The McLean County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will expand its focus to include youth at risk for criminal activity and those who have been involved in violence, Judge Mark Fellheimer told the council Friday.

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With the public clamoring for action to reduce gun violence, Congress may soon create a federal grant program that would offer incentives for states to pass so-called “red flag” laws. Those make it easier to take firearms away from unstable people.

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Kayley Henderson had her first lesson in school safety long before she became a fourth-grade teacher at Bent Elementary in Bloomington. She was a senior at Normal Community High School in 2012 when another student brought a loaded gun into a classroom.

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There was another shots fired incident last night in the Twin Cities, this time in Normal.

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UPDATED 9:40 a.m. | New details emerged Tuesday about the recent outbreak of gun violence in Bloomington-Normal as authorities pointed to a new rap video that they say shows a deadly dispute between two hybrid street gangs.

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Questions from activists dominated Tuesday's meet-and-greet session for the two finalists for Bloomington police chief—one from within the police ranks and the other currently serving as chief at Parkland Community College.

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Bloomington Police are investigating a shooting that injured two people Tuesday afternoon on the city's southwest side.

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The McLean County Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America chapter is holding a rapid response gathering Wednesday following last weekend’s two mass shootings.

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Normal Police recovered four illegal guns—including three handguns stolen here in the Twin Cities—in separate incidents Friday.

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Bloomington Police are investigating the second shooting in less than 24 hours involving a teenage victim.

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Andrew Held decided to devote his life to youth outreach after witnessing two troubling incidents in Bloomington during 2011.

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A 74-year-old man from Normal whose hallucinations police feared put the public at risk will return to court next month in hopes of getting his guns back—McLean County’s first use of the state's new “red flag” law.

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It will be another few months before McLean County’s Juvenile Justice Council hears formal recommendations from its gun violence working group.

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A 27-year-old man was shot in the butt Sunday night on Bloomington's east side, police said.

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In 2018, nine gun-related homicides happened in Bloomington-Normal. All the victims were people of color, and seven were black.

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We’ve all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Still, there’s another African proverb about community: The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.

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