Shooting near convenience store nets drug, weapons charges

Shooting near convenience store nets drug, weapons charges

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of shooting another man outside a convenience store Monday night in west Champaign is being held in lieu of $750,000 bond.

Cameron Ross, 25, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Parkland Court, was arraigned Wednesday by Judge John Kennedy on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, armed violence, unlawful use of weapons by a felon and possession of controlled substance.

The aggravated-battery charge stemmed from the shooting around 7 p.m. Monday of a 20-year-old Champaign man that Ross knew because Ross was dating that man's sister-in-law.

Assistant State's Attorney Jilmala Rogers said the men had been in a "scuffle" about a month ago that resulted in the victim's wife using pepper spray on Ross to break it up, a situation that prompted him to threaten the man.

On Monday, the victim and his wife had walked to the Circle K at 2315 W. Springfield Ave., C, to buy a drink and as they were walking down the street, Ross pulled up in a black pickup truck and exchanged words with the couple, according to Rogers.

He started to drive away but the woman threw her drink at the truck. Ross then allegedly fired a gun twice out the driver's window, hitting the man in the upper chest.

The wounded man and his wife ran back to the convenience store, where he collapsed on the floor. As soon as police arrived, the woman identified Ross as the shooter. Later, after being operated on, her husband also identified Ross as the shooter from a photo lineup. Police said he is expected to recover.

The other charges of armed violence, unlawful use of weapons by a felon and drug possession stemmed from Ross's arrest Tuesday afternoon.

Rogers said about 1:40 p.m., police found him outside the home of another girlfriend on Kenwood Road.

Parked outside the house was a black pickup that belonged to the young woman's mother. Police later found a bullet casing in its bed.

Ross was told to get on the ground and started to walk away from police. He eventually got down. Police found a loaded Taurus pistol in his waistband, the ammunition for which appeared to match the spent casing found in the truck bed.

Under where Ross was lying, police found a bag containing 1.1 grams of heroin. Ross admitted the gun was his but denied the drugs belonged to him.

Rogers told Judge John Kennedy that Ross had been released from prison in Oklahoma for robbery and battery with a dangerous weapon in February and came to this area.

Ross asked for a public defender to represent him. Kennedy told him to be back in court Jan. 23.

If convicted of the most serious of the charges against him, Ross faces up to 30 years in prison.

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CM Fourman

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