CARBONDALE — A shooting shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Main Street and University Avenue sent one man to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale with a gunshot wound and left part of the roadway blocked until about 3:15 a.m. as police investigated.
Lt. Mark Goddard said a report of shots fired was received a little after 1 a.m. The shooting apparently stemmed from a fight that began on the southeast corner of the intersection and spilled into the street.
Goddard confirmed one person, a male, had been shot. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Carbondale police website.
Kevin Kirkwood, owner of the nearby Ice Box bar and grill, said some of those involved in the fight had been denied entrance to the bar because they would not allow themselves to be searched.
“After 10 p.m. at any special event, all people are searched before they are allowed into the club,” Kirkwood said.
He went outside and walked to the corner to try to get the group to settle down.
“There were just a few fighting, but more people had gathered to watch,” Kirkwood said. “The crowd was in the middle of the intersection when the shots were fired — maybe two or three; I have no idea.”
Police squad cars and the department’s forensics van were all parked blocking the left lanes of both streets. Main Street is Illinois 13 westbound and University Avenue is U.S. 51 southbound.
Carbondale Fire Department set up its trailer-mounted emergency floodlight tower at the scene to help police who were searching for evidence.
No information was available from Memorial Hospital of Carbondale on the condition of the victim Sunday.