Champaign man arrested for gas station shooting

UPDATED 6:40 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man is facing attempted murder and other charges for a shooting earlier this month at a Champaign gas station.

Brian J. Ferrell, 26, who listed addresses in the 1000 block of North Walnut Street and the 100 block of East Church Street, was arrested Saturday afternoon without incident.

He was arrested in connection with a shooting on Oct. 14 at the Mobil Super Pantry, 1503 N. Neil St., C.

Ferrell pleaded innocent on Monday to charges of attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated battery in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Judge Richard Klaus set Ferrell’s bond at $500,000. Ferrell’s next court appearance was set for Nov. 13.

Champaign police saw Ferrell, who matched the description and was in a vehicle also matching a description of the Oct. 14 incident, in the parking lot of the Family Dollar store, 1204 N. Market St. They arrested him without incident.

At about 2:40 a.m. on Oct. 14, Champaign police received word that a 22-year-old male gunshot victim had arrived at Provena Covenant Medical Center. Police did not released the man’s name or his condition.

Investigators determined that the man had been shot sometime around 2:30 a.m. near the Mobil Super Pantry after stepping outside the business. Police at first believed the shooting may have stemmed from a fight that took place inside a few moments prior, and originally said they were looking for at least two men. But police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said on Monday that was no longer the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545 or callers can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477 (373-TIPS). Tips can also be submitted through http://www.373tips.com or by text by sending CCTIP plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES).

A charge filed in early September against Ferrell for aggravated battery of a peace officer in connection with an unrelated incident was dropped on Oct. 4.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said a video of the earlier incident did not provide enough evidence to convict Ferrell beyond a reasonable doubt.

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