Three People Injured, Two by Gunshot, Early Sunday Morning in Charleston

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Published on September 16 2013 7:06 pm
Last Updated on September 16 2013 7:06 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Three people were injured, two from gunshot wounds, early Sunday morning in Charleston during what was billed as a "Barn Party" by the promoters of the event.

Charleston police were called at 2:24am to 634 West State Street regarding shots being fired.  Police arrived to find two gunshot victims and a battery victim.  All three were taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center for treatment.

A Chicago area company called "G.O.M.A.B." Productions put the party together, but the event was hosted by Eastern Illinois University fraternity Phi Beta Sigma.  When police arrived at the party, they observed between 300 and 400 people present.

Charleston police were assisted by Eastern Illinois University police, the Coles County Sheriff's Department, Mattoon Police Department, Illinois State Police and the Coles County State's Attorney's Office.