Shooting suspects arrested in Indianapolis
CHAMPAIGN — Two more men wanted in connection with a shooting last Friday on Mimosa Drive in Champaign have been arrested.
Champaign police said the U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force found Qwantrell Ayres, 23, and Kevin I. Akins, 22, both of Champaign, in a hotel in Indianapolis Thursday morning.
The two were wanted on warrants issued Monday by a Champaign County judge. They have been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and are being held in lieu of $1 million bond each.
The 1:15 p.m. incident on June 7 in the 1100 block of Mimosa Drive was the first of five shootings that struck north and northwest city neighborhoods between Friday and Monday night. No one was hurt in that shooting, but two cars were damaged by gunfire.
A third man believed involved in the Mimosa Drive shooting, Jamonte Hill, 19, of Champaign, was arrested Tuesday. He is also charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison upon conviction.
Two other men, Kyantae Jones-Weatherall, 18, and Aaron Kirby, 19, both of Champaign, were also arrested earlier this week in connection with a shooting that happened Monday night near Fifth and Vine streets.
No one was hurt in that shooting, but a bullet went through a house on North Fifth Street where a woman was home.
However, six men were hurt in two other exchanges of gunfire - one on Friday, June 7, on East Washington Street, and the other on Saturday, June 8, in the 1200 block of West Bradley Avenue. Police have described their injuries only as non-life-threatening.
Champaign Deputy Police Chief Troy Daniels said the arrests of Ayres and Akins by no means ends the police investigation.
“There are still people we are building cases against and some of those include those we believe fired weapons. In addition, we are identifying any criminal associates of these shooters and we are going to use all our tools to get them arrested for any crime that we can,” Daniels said.
“These arrests were the result of strong media publicity and information that came in from the public. However, we really need witnesses with first-hand knowledge to please come forward and tell the truth. We need the public’s help if we’re going to be able to continue to make progress on these cases. Crimestoppers is a perfectly safe way to give information to police if someone is too afraid to talk directly to police,” Daniels said.
Daniels said police have been clear that some of the young men identified in the shootings belong to gangs but he declined to say what it is police believe they are feuding over.
Daniels said he didn’t know when Ayres or Akins would be returned from Indianapolis. He said it was “a number of pieces of information that came together that allowed us to find them.”