Two arrested after gun fired at Champaign apartment complex

CHAMPAIGN — Two Champaign people were arrested Wednesday night after one of them allegedly fired a gun that the other had handed her.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said Joi M. Palmer, 20, who listed an address in the 2000 block of Moreland Boulevard, and Jaren Peeples, 22, of the 1100 block of North Market Street, were arrested at the Nantucket Cove Apartments at 2001 Moreland Blvd.

Griffet said officers were called to that complex at 11:13 p.m. by someone who heard a single gunshot.

"This is the second time in a week we've had a shots fired at Nantucket Cove," Griffet said.

He said officers were told that a woman fired a gun in the air after a man handed it to her.

Acting on information given them, police went to an apartment where Officer Tim Atterberry, from outside, heard the sound of a firearm being racked several times, Griffet said.

He waited for more officers to arrive and police ultimately made contact with the occupants of that apartment — three women and one men. Griffet said the officers also smelled burned cannabis, so asked for and got permission to search the apartment.

They found a .25-caliber handgun.

Interviews with those present revealed that Palmer allegedly fired the gun in the air and that Peeples had given it to her.

Palmer was charged Thursday with reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony, and for not having a valid firearm owner’s identification card, a misdemeanor.

Peeples was charged with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon. Court records show he has prior convictions for burglary, resisting a peace officer and possession of cannabis.

 

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