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New details released about house, vehicle hit by gunfire in Bloomington

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BLOOMINGTON — Authorities are investigating a house and vehicle hit by gunfire in Bloomington.  

Bloomington police were called to the intersection of North Livingston Street and Forrest Street at about 6:50 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of shots fired in the area.

Police confirmed Monday that a victim’s vehicle was struck by gunfire as well as an occupied residence in the 1500 block of Forrest Street.

No arrests have been made and there were no injuries reported.

Anyone with information, should contact Detective Jesse Lanphear at 309-434-2369 or

It was the fourth shots fired incident this year and the second during the weekend. On Saturday, prosecutors charged Michael Bakana, 41, of Normal with three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and two counts of aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm. He is accused of killing Mariah C. Petracca, 22, of Bloomington and seriously wounding another woman outside of a bar in downtown Bloomington.

The Pantagraph's top 10 crime stories of 2020

The Pantagraph's top 10 crime stories of 2020

Statistics may tell us that crime, overall, dropped somewhat in Central Illinois in 2020, with the exception of domestic violence cases. COVID-19 may have had something to do with a perceived drop in such categories as armed robberies, but still, the criminal damage done in the span of one week - May 31 - June 6, outweighed previous years. Several Twin City businesses were looted and 11 Normal Police cars were damaged in the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


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