Rantoul man arrested in connection with shots fired outside a liquor store

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man is scheduled to appear in court Thursday following his arrest in connection with shots fired outside a Rantoul liquor store.

Quentell Thomas Haynes, 27, who listed an address in Rantoul, was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis.

According to a Rantoul police report, officers were called to Colonial Liquors, 219 S. Maplewood Drive, Rantoul, at 11:15 p.m. June 27 after receiving a report of possible gunshots fired in the area.

Police said there was an argument among several people outside the store before a man used a handgun to fire two or three shots towards two or three people.

Nobody was hurt, but Rantoul police recovered projectiles around the parking lot.

After witnesses described the man who allegedly fired the handgun, police got a search warrant for Haynes' home in the 600 block of Autumn Fields Lane.

Rantoul police said the Metropolitan Emergency Tactical Response Operations SWAT team executed the warrant at 5 a.m. Tuesday and arrested Haynes. No gun was recovered, but less than 10 grams of suspected marijuana was found in the home, according to the report.

The SWAT team is composed of officers from the Champaign County sheriff's office and the Mahomet, Parkland College, Rantoul, University of Illinois and Urbana police departments.

Police arrested Haynes and took him to the Champaign County Jail.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections' Website, Haynes has been on parole since April 20 following a conviction for aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

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