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.