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UPDATE: Suspected Gang Rivalry Involved in Champaign Shooting

Updated: Thursday, June 26 2014, 05:31 PM CDT

CHAMPAIGN -- A 26-year-old man is dead after a shooting Tuesday night and police believe it was a gang related altercation.

The incident has  authorities and neighbors on high alert as it all happened while many children were outside playing.      

Now community members are rallying for peace.

Newschannel at Nine's Nate Rodgers brings us their story and why they walk for peace.

"We're going to do everything in our power to make sure that every one of them and their criminal associates are held accountable  "

Police on the case following Tuesday's deadly shooting in the 1500 block of Hedge Road.

Officers responded to the scene for reports of people chasing others with guns.  

"Two of my nieces started out the door first, and when they got out, opened the screen door, they saw a guy with a gun cross the street, and they run back in the house and after they run back in the house, we heard a lot of shooting and everybody just hit the floor in there."

26-year-old Allen Redding was later pronounced dead at Carle Hospital after being shot multiple times.    

"We believe these are two gangs that were in disagreement."

Authorities say they've seen this pattern of gang rivalry before, especially in warmer temperatures.  

"This is outrageous behavior, there were young children that were put at risk by this reckless gun fire."

The Biggers family has lived in the neighborhood for about a year. Eight children live in the family home and they're always outside playing.

"School is out now, they need to be outside, but now you have to keep them in to keep them safe and really i don't know if they're safe in the house 'cause that house got shot into yesterday."

So what's a family to do? Should they stay inside to avoid trouble. Authorities say absolutely not.

"We believe that their streets should be owned and controlled by good people and citizens who want to use them with kids playing."

But with continued violence, this family feels their option of fun in the front yard is limited. 

"We're afraid to let them out, they wanna go out, like now, the day after. I'm nervous to let them out, even if I'm out there sitting with them, I don't know, a bullet doesn't have any eyes."

Mrs. Biggers says she doesn't really know the solution to solving this sort of violence.
Police say it's going to take the public, people like you, speaking up, to  help.

If you have any  information on this shooting, or any crime, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 373-TIPS if you have any information.

UPDATE: Suspected Gang Rivalry Involved in Champaign Shooting

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