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.