Normal Police Department is asking for information regarding a New Year's Eve homicide involving a 17-year-old male. 

NPD believes the victim was attending a "large social gathering" near 1700 block of Putnam Avenue. According to a statement from police, a disagreement between two groups escalated, resulting in shots being fired. 

Shortly before midnight, NPD was called to respond to the shots fired and found the victim with a gunshot wound in the abdomen. The victim later died at a hospital. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Jan. 1, the identity of the victim will be released pending notification of the family. 

According to a statement, NPD believes the incident to be contained within the two groups and does not believe the incident to be directed toward the general public. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact McLean County Crime Stoppers, Detective Jason Hoollenkamp at (309) 454-9730 or Sergeant Rob Cherry at (309) 454-9726. 

ELIZABETH SEILS is a News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow her on Twitter at @SeilsElizabeth 

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