Danville man arrested for Rantoul shootings

URBANA — A Danville man believed responsible for shootings in Rantoul last month has been arrested.

Rantoul police detective Sgt. Justin Bouse said Martreail S. Patton, 19, who listed an address in the 900 block of Moore, was arrested at his home on Monday by Danville police.

Bouse said Rantoul had obtained a warrant for Patton's arrest from a Champaign County Judge on Friday charging Patton with two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm for allegedly shooting two brothers at the Rantoul Motel on Oct. 18.

Police were called to the motel at 301 N. Century Blvd. about 6:45 p.m. that day and found two men who had been wounded.

Bouse said police learned that the shooting stemmed from an argument over an alleged drug transaction.

The victims did not know Patton, he said, but through witnesses and photo lineups, police developed enough information to obtain the warrant for his arrest.

Aggravated battery with a firearm is a Class X felony carrying a mandatory prison term upon conviction.

Patton is expected to be brought back to Urbana to be arraigned on the charges later this week.

Bouse said police continue to investigate the shootings. He said both victims have been released from the hospital.

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