CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- Local police received multiple calls of shots fired at 3:20 p.m. Thursday in the 800 block area of West Lincoln Avenue near Five Star Rentals.

Multiple witnesses reported that they heard four to five gunshots, but were unsure of where the shots came from, Charleston Police Department Deputy Chief Chad Reed said.

However, no evidence of gunshots was found in the area.

Reed said officers checked local businesses and other structures in the area for bullet holes. They also closed off Lincoln Avenue for a short period of time looking for bullet casings in the road.

Reed noted that no one has been checked into local hospitals for gunshot wounds following initial reports of shots fired.

The incident has been given to Charleston police detectives for further investigation, the deputy chief said.

Officers from the Charleston Police Department, Eastern Illinois University Police Department, Coles County Sheriff's Office and the East Central Illinois Task Force were involved in the investigation.

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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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