Man arrested in Champaign Circle K shooting charged in another

Man arrested in Champaign Circle K shooting charged in another

URBANA — A Champaign man already in custody in connection with a shooting in Champaign last month has been charged in connection with another shooting.

Cameron Ross, 25, who listed addresses in the 1200 block of Parkland Court and in the first block of Kenwood Road, was charged Friday with aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful use of weapons by a felon in connection with a shooting in the 2000 block of Cynthia Drive shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8.

A 25-year-old man from Urbana sustained a bullet wound that went in and out of his head without seriously injuring him.

Champaign police said that the shooting on Cynthia is not related to shootings of three young women outside Central High School that happened that same night around the same time.

Ross was arrested a few days after the Cynthia shooting for another shooting that happened Dec. 11 in the 2300 block of West Springfield Avenue, Champaign.

He has been in custody on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, armed violence, unlawful use of weapons by a felon and possession of a controlled substance since his arrest Dec. 12. He's being held in lieu of $750,000 bond.

That man, 20, was hit in the upper chest after Ross allegedly exchanged words with him as the man and his wife walked down the street. They were allegedly arguing about a scuffle that happened a month earlier that resulted in the woman using pepper spray on Ross to break it up.

As Ross started to drive away, the woman threw her drink at his truck and he allegedly fired twice from the driver's window as he drove off.

After Ross's arrest the next day for that shooting, Champaign police investigated further and learned that Ross matched the description of the alleged shooter on Cynthia Drive.

The report about the Cynthia shooting was sent to the state's attorney's office Thursday and Ross was back to court Friday on the additional charges.

Laying out the facts of the Dec. 8 shooting for Judge John Kennedy, Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said that the victim was in his vehicle shortly after 9 p.m., after having gotten into a confrontation with the occupants of a truck that had been following him.

The driver of the truck got out and shot at the Urbana man, hitting him. The bullet entered the man's head above his left eye and exited at his left temple.

The man got himself to Presence Covenant Medical Center and was transferred to Carle, where he was treated and released within hours.

Ross was identified as the driver of the truck and the person who had pulled a gun from his waistband and shot at the victim as Ross was driving away in a distinctive truck — the same truck that police believe Ross was in on Dec. 11 when he allegedly shot the man near the Circle K at 2315 W. Springfield Ave.

Police collected six spent shell casings from the Cynthia Drive shooting scene, which they are having analyzed at the state crime lab to see if they match casings left behind at the shooting on Dec. 11.

Ross is due back in court Jan. 23 for a probable cause hearing on the new charges. If convicted of the more serious aggravated battery with a firearm, Ross faces a mandatory prison sentence of between six and 30 years, to be served at 85 percent time.

The charges lodged against him earlier carry similar penalties.

Kennedy set Ross's bond at $500,000 on the new charges and ordered him to have no contact with the victim if he is released.

Banach said that besides the pending felony charges from the Dec. 11 shooting, Ross was convicted in 2011 in Oklahoma of robbery or attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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cwdog57 wrote on January 12, 2018 at 3:01 pm

 throw away the key before somebody gets killed. he's had enough chances.

 

jparks wrote on January 12, 2018 at 10:01 pm

"Banach said that besides the pending felony charges from the Dec. 11 shooting, Ross was convicted in 2011 in Oklahoma of robbery or attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison."

Once again, I think they have the wrong person in custody.  In 2011 Ross received a sentence of 10 years.

Do the math. 

Khristine wrote on January 13, 2018 at 8:01 pm
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Oklahoma is likely just like Illinois - full prisons means early release. In some places, people only serve half their time or less. 

jparks wrote on January 14, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Full hotels means you build more hotels.  Full restaurants means you build more restaurants.  If criminals were taught to take the system seriously, and serious sentences would teach that, our eventual problem would be we would have occupancy in our prison systems and society would be a better and safer place to be.