Students returning for a new semester at SIU were welcomed with not one, but two shooting incidents at the conclusion of the first week of classes.
Police first responded just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning to the 500 block of South Illinois Avenue after hearing gunshots. There, they located a gunshot victim.
Further investigation revealed three possible suspects in the shooting, although police have not released information on any of them, citing the ongoing investigation.
The victim was taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and was in stable condition, police said.
Only 12 hours later, at around 1:12 p.m. Saturday afternoon, police responded to the hospital itself regarding another gunshot victim.
That victim also is said to be in stable condition, and police have released no other details regarding the incident.
The twin shootings mark a particularly violent start to SIU’s fall semester and continue a pattern of higher-than-normal gun violence stretching back to the beginning of the calendar year.
So far, more than a dozen shooting incidents resulting in injuries have been reported in Carbondale in 2016, which is well over the average going back several years.
Two people have died as a result of gunfire so far this year, and in late July, a Carbondale Police officer also was injured as a result of gunfire.
Anyone with any information about the incidents last weekend is encouraged to contact Carbondale Police at 618-457-3200 or Carbondale Crime Stoppers at 618-549-COPS.