Man charged in Urbana shooting

URBANA — A Chicago man has been charged with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon after a shooting in Urbana Wednesday morning that reportedly left three people injured, including him.

Deandre Fairman, 26, appeared in arraignment court Thursday and was limping. He was charged with having a .45-caliber pistol in his possession on Wednesday at an apartment complex in the 2000 block of Vawter Street.

Due to his prior conviction for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, Fairman is not permitted to possess a weapon. If convicted, he faces a mandatory prison term of between three and 14 years. He's due back in court Aug. 28 and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

An Urbana police report said officers were called to the Vawter Street apartment complex just before 11 a.m. for a report of shots fired. They determined that three people had been shot, none of them with life-threatening injuries.

The dispute apparently began as an argument between a man and a woman that escalated into a fight then subsided. However, friends of the two who were arguing arrived and guns were drawn and shots exchanged.

The police reports said Fairman allegedly had one of the guns and was shot in the foot. The other man, James Guy, 23, of Rantoul, allegedly fired his weapon and was believed to have been hit by gunfire. However, he fled and police still have not found him.

A third man from Urbana who was also shot was arrested just before 6 p.m. Thursday upon his release from Carle Hospital. Police arrested Linzey Taylor, 28, who listed an address in the 2000 block of Vawter Street, for obstructing justice after he allegedly gave police a false name.  However, the state's attorney's office later declined to file a criminal charge against Taylor.

Police said they obtained a search warrant for Fairman's apartment and did not find a gun but did find .45-caliber ammunition in the apartment that matched casings found where the shootings occurred.

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rsp wrote on August 09, 2012 at 5:08 pm

An Urbana police report said officers were called to the Vawter Street apartment complex just before 11 a.m. for a report of shots fired. 

The report is misleading. The dispatcher put out the call repeatedly as someone having been shot, not shots fired. While that may seem like it's meaningless "shots fired" indicates a higher priority and a scene that is unsecure. Saying that someone had been shot led to confusion as to whether it was safe for medical personnel to approach. The dispatchers at metcad are unbelievably professional and skilled at what they do, which just made this call just stand out even more. 

 

Mary Schenk wrote on August 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

After checking with detectives this morning, I was told the initial call was "shots fired." Subsequent dispatches indicated people had actually been shot. 

independent voter wrote on August 09, 2012 at 6:08 pm

It seems as if the crime rate keeps increasing in Urbana. What's the deal?

rsp wrote on August 09, 2012 at 8:08 pm

They move around. It goes down in one place and up in another. One of the things that matters is streetlights. Less crime on streets with them. They don't have them in part of Garden Hills, parts of Urbana. But people don't want to pay for anything. It's just bulldoze the area. Or ignore it for decades like Bristol Park. And there are people who say things like just let them kill each other. Which is how the crime rate keeps going up. 

MadGasser wrote on August 10, 2012 at 9:08 am
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It seems as if the crime rate keeps increasing in Champaign, what's the deal?

787 wrote on August 09, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Urbana's city council needs to spend more time worrying about roundabouts and human "rights" issues, and spend less time on dealing with crime.

Absolutely worthless.... and it is really starting to show, Madam Mayor.

areader wrote on August 10, 2012 at 4:08 am

Are you serious?  This guy is committing a crime!  Crime absolutely must be addressed!   

alabaster jones 71 wrote on August 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm
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I think someone's sarcasm detector is broken...

areader wrote on August 10, 2012 at 4:08 am

NO ONE can stop the scumbags "from the North" from entering Champaign-Urbana and that's unfortunate!  They come here to cause trouble and if anyone in C-U or anywhere else has a way to stop them, please step forward!  These losers are everywhere!  Best place for them is in JAIL!

prideCU wrote on August 10, 2012 at 4:08 am

Do away with Section 8 housing and that would most likely address most of this issue.

rsp wrote on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

There was absolutely no indication that this guy had section 8. Unlike most tenants, anyone who applies for section 8 has to pass a criminal background check. Being convicted of a crime can cost them their housing. When section 8 is used in scattered site locations you wouldn't know they were there. But criminals like to prey on people, and when they do it's people who are vulnerable. Banks attract criminals too, we've had all these robberies. Should we get rid of them?

Cstraight wrote on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

Sir or maam, Section 8 or not, crime will always be a problem in the WORLD. wow

Cstraight wrote on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

@rsp Who are "They" who move around?

rsp wrote on August 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

You may notice the previous comment stated that "It seems as if the crime rate keeps increasing in Urbana. What's the deal?". I was referring to the people committing the crimes. My comment was a little disjointed.

Cstraight wrote on August 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Oh ok! LOL I had my (verbal) guns ready and point straight at you. heehee

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

GUNS!!!!!  Oh my....  here we go again with the John Wayne wantabees crying for conceal-and-carry to protect our streets.  Oh... "verbal" guns.... sorry....

recshooter wrote on August 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Sid, why in the world would you be against concelled carry laws.  All other states have them and the statistics show that they significantly lower the violent personal crimes.  Even if you don't care for guns, the law it self benefits you just by the pure fact that licenses are being issued.

Again by not enacting this law provides more protectin to the criminals in the state of Illinois.

dane wrote on August 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

go to http://www.city-data.com/city/Urbana-Illinois.html

Go about a third of the way down to see crime stats. Urbana shows higher numbers across the board on crime. It also shows that Urbana has 1.26 officers per thousand population, and Illinois averages 2.78 per thousand.

MadGasser wrote on August 13, 2012 at 9:08 am
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Champaign has an almost identical crime rate as Urbana, so it's not just my town it's our neighbors too.

illinidaffodil wrote on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

the crime stats on Urbana in city-data are inflated by the nature of a university town--numerous arrests of students re assaults at frat parties, and so on, public drunkenness, etc--factor those out and you have a much lower crime rate re national average

abc123 wrote on August 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

If the crime occurred then it would not be inflated, would it?  That being said, the number of frats in Urbana can be counted on one hand.  The sororities are in Urbana.  The frats are in Champaign.  I don't think you can blame the crime issue on frats.  Look at where the crime is occurring in Urbana.  I will give you a clue - southeast Urbana, not campus.

dane wrote on August 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

http://urbanaillinois.us/sites/default/files/attachments/2011-urbana-crime-map-complete.pdf

Note the locations with the highest numbers.

Please drive through the 2000 blk of Vawter or the 900 blk of Lierman and tell me how many frat houses you count.