Champaign police looking for two more suspects in shootings

Champaign police looking for two more suspects in shootings

CHAMPAIGN — Arrest warrants have been issued for two more suspects in weekend shootings that have north and northwest Champaign neighborhoods on high alert.

Police are now looking for Qwantrell A. Ayres, 23, and Kevin I. Akins, 22, both of Champaign, for their alleged connection in a Friday afternoon shooting in the 1100 block of Mimosa Drive.

The two have been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, and bond has already been set at $1 million for each of the suspects. Police are asking for the public’s help in arresting the two.

Friday afternoon’s incident on Mimosa Drive was the first of five shootings that struck city neighborhoods in a four-day span. No one is believed to have been hurt in that particular incident, but two cars were damaged by gunfire.

Three people have already been arrested for their involvement in the streak of gun violence. Kyantae Jones-Weatherall, 18, of the 500 block of East Bradley Avenue, Champaign, was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in a shooting near Fifth and Vine streets on Monday.

Aaron Kirby, 19, of the 200 block of West Ells Avenue, Champaign, was charged with obstructing justice after he allegedly tried to cover up a 9 mm bullet that fell from his pocket when police asked him to produce identification.

On Saturday night, police arrested 19-year-old Jamonte Hill of Champaign in connection with the Friday afternoon shooting.

Police are urging the public to contact law enforcement with information.

Information can be reported to the Champaign Police Department by calling 217-351-4545 or callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 373-8477 (TIPS).

Information can also be sent by anonymous web tip by visiting www.373tips.com or by texting keyword “CCTIP” plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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