CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana man who allegedly fired a shot inside a north Champaign apartment while unloading his gun has been charged with two felony counts.
Carl Smith, 20, of the 1600 block of East Florida Avenue, was charged Thursday with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a firearm.
Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris said a woman was sleeping inside her apartment at University Village in the 2000 block of Moreland Boulevard about 12:30 a.m. Thursday when she was awakened by a bang.
She got up to investigate and found a bullet hole through her bedroom door and her roommate's door. Harris said the roommate told the woman that Smith was unloading his gun and it fired and that she shouldn't be alarmed. No one was physically injured.
The woman called police anyway. They arrested Smith at the apartment. Harris said they found bullet fragments in the door frame but could not locate a weapon.
The reckless discharge of a firearm charge alleges there were people present when Smith fired. The aggravated unlawful use of a firearm charge alleges he had a gun, not on his own property, and that he did not have a firearm owner's identification card.
Judge Richard Klaus set Smith's bond at $50,000 and ordered him to be back in court Dec. 20.
Harris said Smith had a prior conviction for aggravated robbery in Cook County.
Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum said Smith is a Parkland College student who's been in the community since August.