CHARLESTON (JG-TC) — Three people were taken to the hospital after gunshots were reported during a party in town early Sunday morning, according to a press release from the Charleston Police Department.
Around 2:24 a.m. Sunday, Charleston police responded to 634 W. State St. in reference to a call about shots being fired. Upon arrival, police found two gunshot victims and a battery victim, the release stated.
All three victims were taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Heath Center near Mattoon; the hospital does not release information on patients.
CPD officials said the event where the violence took place was advertised as a “Barn Party” and was promoted by G.O.M.A.B. Productions out of Chicago. It was hosted by Eastern Illinois University’s fraternity Phi Beta Sigma.
Police observed at the scene that there were about 300 to 400 people attending the party, the release said.
The CPD was assisted by Eastern police and personnel from the Coles County Sheriff’s Office, the Mattoon Police Department, the Illinois State Police, and the Coles County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Police are still looking for suspects in connection with the shooting and the investigation is ongoing, officials said Sunday evening.
Across Charleston, in the area in front of the former CVS Pharmacy, which now houses the new Ruler Foods, 566 W. Lincoln Ave., a mess of broken liquor bottles, professionally printed tickets to the G.O.M.A.B. “BARN PARTY XIV” and other trash still littered the parking lot Sunday evening.
CPD officials could not confirm Sunday that the parking lot was used as a pick-up site or transportation hub for party-goers, but further details on the party and related incidents are expected to be released Monday.
The JG-TC did confirm that there are numerous tickets to the Barn Party littering the parking lot amidst other trash.