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Shots allegedly fired after a fight breaks out in a basketball game



Police responded to reports of shots fired during a basketball game a little after 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the apartment complex the Village at Muller Park.

Bloomington Police Department Sgt. Jason Shaevitz said witnesses told officers a fight broke out during the game, which took place at the basketball courts behind the apartment complex. A man reportedly pulled a gun out and shot a warning shot into the air.

However, Shaevitz said witnesses were evasive when questioned by police. Officers received multiple conflicting stories. Some said the man then shot his gun several times, ranging from one to five shots, at a specific man.

The alleged shooter then ran into a wooded area. Witnesses said the man who was shot at also ran away. No injuries have been reported.

One woman who watched the incident from the window of her apartment told police she saw the suspect shoot a man in the leg before throwing the gun into a specific car. Shaevitz said no gunshot wound matching that description has been reported. Officers searched the car but did not find a gun.

Shaevitz, who was at the scene, said there were 15 to 20 people at the court at the time of the incident. He said he saw a young girl around 10 years old while responding.

The investigation is still active, and police have yet to identify the suspect. Shaevitz said witnesses described the suspect as a black man in his mid 20s who was wearing basketball shorts, sneakers and a durag at the time of the incident.

Shaevitz also said that there is no guarantee the suspect is a resident of the Village at Muller Park complex since the courts are used by residents of other complexes as well, such as nearby Canterbury House Apartments.

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