Probe of City’s 2nd Homicide of 2019 Continues

Probe of City’s 2nd Homicide of 2019 Continues

Danville Police were continuing their search for a ‘person of interest’ over the weekend in connection with the city’s second homicide of 2019.   Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason (shown in photo) says officers were called to the 1600 block of Edgewood shortly after five o’clock Saturday morning.  When they arrived they found 32-year-old William L. Banks who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Coroner Jane McFadden told News Banks was pronounced dead at the scene.  She noted it was Danville’s second homicide just twelve days into the new year.

Last year there were 14 homicides in Danville and Vermilion County.  One of the victims last year was stabbed, another died from being beaten.  Coroner McFadden says the other twelve died from gunshot wounds. In 2017 there were 11 homicides in Vermilion County.

In Saturday’s fatal shooting of William Banks, Public Safety Director Larry Thomason says there had apparently been a disturbance at the apartment.  ‘’Callers indicated that there was some sort of disturbance in the area and when officers arrived at one of the apartments (they) found the male victim,’’ said Thomason.

Police are releasing no other information in the case at this time.