Roommates arrested in fight that brings building evacuation

Roommates arrested in fight that brings building evacuation

UPDATED 6 p.m. Monday

Two roommates were arrested in an early-morning fight Sunday that involved alcohol, a knife and a gun and forced the evacuation of two campus-area buildings.

No injuries were reported.

According to a Champaign police report, officers were called to an apartment building in the 100 block of East John Street at1:38 a.m. for a report that someone had just fired a shot at his roommate.

A 22-year-old had returned home from a bar and got into a fight with his roommate, both of whom had been drinking, according to police spokeswoman Rene Dunn. One of the two displayed a knife during the fight and one shot was fired through the bedroom door of one of the two. That roommate got out of the apartment unharmed and flagged down a passer-by, who called police.

Officers were told the armed roommate might still be inside the apartment. The Special Weapons and Tactics team was called to help with a search of the building at 109 E. John St. Residents of the building and one just east of it were evacuated before the apartment was searched.

Police then used a robot to find the roommate who had fired the shot, and discovered he was sleeping. They arrested Daniel J. Chang, 22, of Naperville for unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Police found a gun and a knife in the apartment.

Separately, as police tried to interview the victim in the back seat of a squad car, “the intoxicated victim became agitated and began ripping up flooring and seating parts of the vehicle.” The man, identified as David Lu, was arrested for criminal damage to property.

Lu was charged on Monday with criminal damage to government supported property. Chang was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm. Both men are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 11.


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read the DI wrote on November 04, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Couple of real winners.

natebaux wrote on November 05, 2012 at 1:11 am

who has the lowdown on evac procedure for champaign?

am i REQUIRED to leave my residence...or even open the door?

Local Yocal wrote on November 05, 2012 at 3:11 am
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"Couple of real winners..."  who Rietz will prosecute with lenient treatment, since the "we don't want to penalize people for one little mistake in their youth" rule will go into effect. One dollar says the charges will be dropped to misdemeanors, no felony convictions, and no jail time,...probabtion or court supervision for SHOOTING A GUN. The State's Attorney's office will just have to drag the case out for a year of continuances, and when no one is looking and no one remembers,...a pleasant plea negotiation with the private defense attorneys. Good thing these gentlemen don't happen to be African-American teenagers.

EL YATIRI wrote on November 05, 2012 at 5:11 am
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Yeah, they will get off with alcohol abuse assessment, and "community service" served going to useless AA meetings plus one to two years of court supervision/probation. Endless continuances are the rule, when the final deadline for "speedy trial" comes the plea agreement will happen 5 minutes before the hearing to set the trial date. 

jdmac44 wrote on November 05, 2012 at 8:11 am

You know alcohol was involved when SWAT finds that the perpetrator has fallen asleep! lol

jdmac44 wrote on November 05, 2012 at 8:11 am

You know alcohol was involved when SWAT finds that the perpetrator has fallen asleep! lol

Sid Saltfork wrote on November 09, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Their ultimate punishment will be the loss of face that they inflicted upon their families.  Their parents, and grandparents will remind them of the disgrace of their families for the rest of their lives.    

danrice56 wrote on November 09, 2012 at 5:11 pm

And that Daniel Chang really needs to learn how to shave properly it looks like.