Champaign man faces weapons, drug charges in May 14 shooting

Champaign man faces weapons, drug charges in May 14 shooting

URBANA — A Champaign man has been charged with shooting a person in a north Champaign neighborhood earlier this month.

Sgt. Dave Griffet said Champaign police had been looking for Joseph Carpenter-Moore, 26, of the 500 block of West Columbia Avenue in connection with a shooting that happened late May 14, in the 1000 block of Harvard Street. They found him Wednesday afternoon when he dropped someone off at a Savoy store.

On Thursday, he was arraigned on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of weapons in connection with the May 14 incident.

Griffet described that incident as a domestic situation where two people were arguing and Carpenter-Moore allegedly intervened by producing a gun and firing in the direction of a man.

That man told police he was not hit, but police saw an injury on him that suggested he had been hit by a bullet fragment, Griffet said.

Police located Carpenter-Moore’s car Wednesday and followed him to Savoy, where he was arrested without incident. Police then searched his car and could smell cannabis.

Griffet said police found cannabis and a scale in the vehicle’s center console and more cannabis and suspected Ecstasy in a backpack in the trunk.

In court Thursday, Assistant State’s Attorney Lora Keller said there was $1,600 cash on him, about 10 ounces (307 grams) of cannabis and 3.6 grams of Ecstasy in pill form.

She said Carpenter-Moore admitted to police that he was selling cannabis and that he was present the night of the shooting but said that some other man fired.

Carpenter-Moore was also charged Thursday with possession with intent to deliver between 30 and 500 grams of cannabis, a Class 3 felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.

The most serious charge — aggravated battery with a firearm — carries a potential penalty of six to 30 years behind bars upon conviction.

Judge John Kennedy set Carpenter-Moore’s bond at $500,000 after hearing of several of his prior convictions for burglary, battery and theft, and told him to be back in court July 24.

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