Updated: Urbana police identify shooting suspect

Updated: Urbana police identify shooting suspect

URBANA — Urbana police have identified a man they say shot another man in the arm with a shotgun inside an apartment in east Urbana just before noon.

"At 11:44 a.m., we got a report of a single shot being fired and a vehicle leaving the parking lot of 1711 E. Florida Avenue," Lt. Bryant Seraphin said.

"Officers found a 25-year-old Urbana man down with a single gunshot wound to his left arm." Seraphin said, about four hours after the shooting.

The victim, who was found in the courtyard, was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for treatment.

"When I left the emergency room, he was expected to survive the injury," Seraphin said.

Police have identified the shooter as Woodrow Anthony Brown, 32, of Urbana.

Brown was described as a light-complexioned, tall, thin black man, and police said he frequents the same apartment building.

Seraphin said he's not sure if the victim lives at the apartment. The apartment is rented by a relative, he said.

The victim was alone in the apartment when the offender showed up.

Seraphin said the victim told police that he partially knew the shooter. After the man came to the apartment, an argument ensued.

Seraphin said police are not sure what the men were quarreling over.

"It escalates to the point where the suspect brandishes a shotgun, and fires it once, striking the victim in the left upper arm. The offender fled and the victim left the apartment trying to call for help on his way down. He got to the courtyard where officers found him," Seraphin said.

Seraphin said that Brown drove away in a black sport utility vehicle, believed to be a small GM product such as a Jimmy. He was last seen driving northbound.

Seraphin said police have a warrant for Brown's arrest for attempted murder, with bond set at $2 million.

He said the investigation into the incident is continuing.

If you have any information about Brown or his whereabouts, call the Urbana Police Department at 384-2320 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477.

Information may also be sent anonymously online at http://www.373tips.com or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads to an arrest.

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