Champaign man arrested in shooting near convenience store

Champaign man arrested in shooting near convenience store

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police have arrested a man they believe responsible for a shooting Monday night that seriously injured a Champaign man.

Cameron D. Ross, 25, of Champaign was arrested about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday near the 2100 block of West White Street. He had drugs and a gun on him, police said.

He was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, armed violence, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance, and is expected to be formally charged Wednesday.

Police were called to the 2300 block of West Springfield Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. Monday and found a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Deputy Chief Dave Shaffer said the man is expected to survive. Although multiple rounds were fired, he was hit only once.

The two men had a dispute, Shaffer said. Police continue to investigate and ask that anyone with information call the department at 217-351-4545.

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GLG wrote on December 12, 2017 at 9:12 pm

With the latest shootings the News-Gazette includes with every story an appeal from the police for people to come forward with information and call  them or crime stoppers.  The police radio has this information but everyone is not listening to a scanner.

Why are discriptions of suspect vehicles and  suspects not given in these stories?

jparks wrote on December 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm

GLG, this topic has been discussed many times over the last several months but continues to occur on a regular basis.  Authorities from the NG have denied that it occurs (John Reed and John Foreman on Jim Turpin's Penny For Your Thoughts radio show).  I, like you, noticed that once again, no racial description of the suspect was given.

I wonder this.  If a child was abducted and the media knew that the suspect description was that of a black male, would WDWS, WHMS, or the NG put out their version of an Amber Alert and actually mention that the wanted suspect is a black male?  Based on what I have seen in the past, I don't think so.  Disgusting.

CommonSenseless wrote on December 13, 2017 at 7:12 am

Haven't you heard, it's racist to report more stories with black suspects.  Using bad statistics and improper correlations, we can prove that this is racist, because criminality is uniform. Therefore the new and socially responsible NG only reports race when the suspect is black if they have run an equal number of stories with white suspects in that same month.  It's a new quota based reporting mechanism so we the readers don't begin to associate crime with young black males.