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Shooting in rural Plainville leaves one man dead

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Apr. 2, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Apr. 2, 2019 6:48 pm

PLAINVILLE, Ill. — The investigation into a Monday night shooting in Plainville that left a 64-year-old man dead is still ongoing, the Adams County state's attorney's office reports.

A release issued Tuesday morning says the Adams County Sheriff's Department was called about 6:30 p.m. with a reports of a shooting in rural Plainville. At the scene, deputies reported finding Lowell “Randy” Oitker dead, apparently from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

After investigation, the deputies determined there was no threat to the public.

The Illinois State Police Forensic team was notified and helped collect evidence from the scene, and members of the state's attorney's office also responded to the scene.

The release said that after a joint review of evidence and witness statements by the sheriff's department and the state's attorney's office, it was determined no arrests would be made at this time and the investigation would continue.

In the statement, Gary Farha thanked the Adams County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Brian VonderHaar for their work on this case.

“Upon receiving notification of the shooting, the Adams County Sheriff's Department immediately secured the location, protected the public, and began taking statements from witnesses,” the statement read. “They worked throughout the evening and into the early morning to ensure that investigation into this incident commenced appropriately.”

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